On the eve of Papua New Guinea's attainment of independence from
Australia, Chief Minister Michael Somare referred to the new
nation's cultural treasures as "living spirits with fixed abodes."
He was referring to the prevailing belief of Papua New Guineans
that everything is invested with spirit, not least the objects
carved, modeled, or constructed for ceremonial, and often everyday,
use. The Masterpieces Exhibition includes the most significant... more...