B & W negative

Registration number
Item name
B & W negative 
Indigenous name
Mr Des Bartlett  
Associated cultural group
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > East Sepik Province > Wosera Gaui District > Iatmul group
Mr Des Bartlett 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1954 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Mr Des Bartlett 
H: W: 35 mm L: 35 mm D: Circum:


Black and white photograph of an old man resting his hand upon the shoulder of a younger man.

Research notes

"A father greets his son when he returns to the village. When they first meet they embrace with the arms around each others shoulders, and then start telling each other the news. There is usually an exchange of betel nut as a friendly gesture. In some ares on the Sepik it is strange to see a visitor arrive when men are sitting talking beneath the House Tameran. The new arrival will solemnly shake hands with everyone presen, and often there is not a word spoken until each person present has participated in this loose hand shake. When friends pass in canoes they will shoult greetings across the water, and this is often in the form of question and answer. "Where are you going cousin?" "I'm going to get a new log for my house". And the first one will answer: "All right, you can go and get a new log for your house." Thus satisfied they both carry on" [Bartlett 1953].

Part of group of photos showing father greeting his son, numbers 31896, 34378, 34379, 34404, 34457. Part of a series of copies of 330 photos in the range 31891 to 34881 taken by Bartlett on a 1953 trip to the Sepik River with Armand and Michaela Dennis who were making the film 'Among the Headhunters' which was released by Arthur J Rank. The photos include an initiation ceremony held at Yanchan Village on the main river. The photos come from an album of the trip made by Bartlett, a copy of which given to the museum in 1983 along with other photos which were copied at that time.

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