Art and Society
To learn about Art and Society in the New Guinea Highlands, watch the podcasts listed below:
- “The Village in the New Guinea Highlands” (03:43) with Purago Marabe
- “Introduction to the Bilum (string bag)” (05:15) with Michael Mel
- “Artists Discuss the Bilum” (02:29) with Purago Marabe and Martin Morububuna
- “Purago Marabe: Portrait of an Artist” (04:40) with Purago Marabe
The Enga Culture and Transition Centre in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea was a partner in the development of this curriculum. To learn more about anthropologist Polly Weissner, who helped create and fund the Enga Culture and Transition Centre, please click here.
Bilum artist Cathy Kata
Watch the podcast, Cathy Kata: A Bilum (string bag) Artist, to hear artist Cathy Kata describe the importance of the bilum.
Below are lyrics to a traditional bilum song:
Cultural educator Lelyame Yongapen
- Meet Lelyame Yongapen
- The Story of a Big Bird Called Kambi as told by Lelyame Yongapen
- Map of Lelyame's house and the road she follows, drawn by Lelyame Yongapen
- Map of Lelyame's garden, drawn by Lelyame Yongapen
Performance artist Michael Mel at the de Young
- The Shield is My Brother (2009) is a documentary shot on location in the Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea directed by Mark Eby.
- The Man Who Cannot Die (2009) is a documentary featuring Kaipel Ka directed by Mark Eby.
To learn more about the images below, please visit Fact Sheet: Art.
To see pictures of how these objects are used in context, please click here.