VIS 21A 10.30.07

VIS 21A 10.30.07 - VIS 21A Tuesday Week Five-Melanesia-Mt...

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VIS 21A 10/30/07 Tuesday, Week Five -Melanesia -Mt. Hagen – Traditions hasn’t changed for thousands of years – difficult to get to -Don’t do typical art, they communicate ideals and beliefs through body decoration -Most Polynesia/Melanesia – gender roles are very different – women only play small part -Even women’s locations, who they marry -Has clans – smaller than tribes -Men’s house – only men or young boys are allowed to – decision making -Menstruation makes women evil and impure -Moka exchange festival – Pig exchanging -the more pigs to exchange with another clan, the more elaborate your design is -Informal decoration – decorated very simply -Used for occasions -Women choose men by linking on to the man of their choosing -Body decoration – 600 B.C. and still practiced today -Represents fertility, and other issues that makes women important -Young girls in courting ceremonies – wear very little makeup -Men are also dressed minimally, only dressed in moka festival -A woman may be decorated by a female friend or relative -can be more elaborately dressed as they get older
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