Land Dispute Figure by Kaua GitaLand Dispute Figure by Kaua Gita
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Land Dispute Figure

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'In the Iatmul area of the Middle Sepik this carving speaks about the land. If we argue or (have a) dispute about land we (might) use a knife for fighting which has been carved by a coconut. When we have discussions about land we look for this bird (white cockatoo) to help. To take over land we may need to fight and we may use a spear. Then others may use the spear to fight us. In the end if a man has no pigs to buy land he will lose it. The pig is the main means for us to buy a woman, land or a lake. This piece is carved from a very strong wood (semi-petrified) so that it will last to teach our children land customs.' -Kaua Gita describes the design of this carving and its meaning.

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Location Papua New Guinea
Region Papua New Guinea
Artist Kaua Gita
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2004
Dimensions 42" x 12" x 10"
Materials & Edition semi-petrified wood, shells, natural pigments

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