Brief description184 objects collected during Thomas's service as a Patrol Officer for the Administration of the Territory of New Guinea. These include defensive and offensive weapons, tools, paddles, body ornaments, skirts, household items, string bags, canoe models, masks, carved figures, headrests, ritual objects. About half the collection has been on display in the Pacific Gallery since 1947.
NotesResearched by Barry Craig (including field trip in 2002). Copies of 2000 pages of Thomas's diaries, notes, field reports, maps etc obtained from originals held by Thomas's daughter, including a few photographs. All the objects have been photographed. Publication: Craig, B. 2002 'A Stranger in a Strange Land': Kenneth Thomas in the North Sepik Region of Papua New Guinea. In, Anita Herle, Nick Stanley, Karen Stevenson and Robert L. Welsch (eds), Pacific Art: Persistence, Change and Meaning. Adelaide: Crawford House Publishing. Pp. 191-207. Photographs and archival material in SA Museum Archives under AA336.
Data time period: 1927 to 1934
Spatial Coverage And Location
text: Papua New Guinea
text: lower Sepik River area, Papua New Guinea
text: North coast and hinterland of East Sepik Province
text: North coast and hinterland of West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Anthropological specimens | Archives | Artefacts | Bags | Ceremonial objects | Ceremonies | Clothing | Domestic equipment | Ethnographic | Figures | Indigenous peoples | Kenneth Thomas | Masks | Models | New Guinea | Ornaments | Photographs | Photography | Sepik coast | body adornments and alterations | ethnology | indigenous artefacts | paddles | tools | water transport | weapons |
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