ROTOKAS - EIVO: The wearing of upes


ROTOKAS - EIVO: The wearing of upes

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c. 1938


Envelope: PHOTOS FOR USE IN "Boug: a personal history and Black Islanders"; Note on back: "The wearing of upes, tall conical hats made from bush leaves stretched over a wooden framework, was part of traditional initiation ceremonies in several areas of Bougainville. A widespread custom especially in the central and northern areas of the island before European contact, it has been revived recently in some village areas. Youths may wear the hats for a few days or for as much as a year; one hat may be handed down through generations."

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Photos for use in Boug (Photocopy Notes Inside) (DO 0937-DO 0968)