ROTOKAS - EIVO: THE WEARING OF UPES
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Online Reference Number: 00.0839
Place: Bougainville, North Solomon Islands
Document Type: Black & White Photograph
Category: Agriculture, Bougainville, Ceremony/Ritual, Handicraft, Head-wear, Initiation rites, Neck Bands, North Solomon Islands, Persons, Unidentified, Upi hats
Date: Circa 1938
Slide Number: DO 0940
Collection: Photos for use in Boug (Photocopy Notes Inside) (DO 0937-DO 0968)
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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Photograph record edited by Alan Vandermyden at 2012-01-27 14:33:57
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