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When Spirits Roamed 02

This man was a priest on Ta in the Mortlocks around 1900. He is carrying some of the objects he uses in his trade. He was probably also a "breadfruit caller," who conducted rites to make the breadfruit harvest abundant.
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Te ariki Manauī

By Richard Moyle | Mortlock Islands, | 29 Jan 2022

The present caption is incorrect. The photo is of a Nukumanu man called Manauī who drifted to Takū in Papua New Guinea (aka Mortlock Islands) in the late 1800s. He was adopted by the then paramount leader (te ariki) and later assumed the title of ariki. More details can be found here: Songs from the Second Float: A Musical Ethnography of Takū Atoll, Papua New Guinea, by Richard Moyle, pp.34-5 (University of Hawaii Press 2007). The photograph was taken around 1910 by Ernst Sarfert from a German expedition collecting ethnographic material in the region. In the posed photograph, Manauī is wearing and carrying his ritual sacra.

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