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Varilaku

Crispin Howarth, foreword by Deborah Waite, David Attenborough
Through the finest traditional Solomon Islands art in Australia's museums and galleries, Varilaku explores kastom beliefs in ancestral ghosts, the world of spirit beings, ocean-bound raiding expeditions, and the Indigenous aesthetics of the self--the use of adornments to express identity and status from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. The earliest accounts by travelers to the region note the particular finesse, care, and...