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 > Kanganaman village
Mr Des Bartlett 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1954 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Mr Des Bartlett 
H: W: L: D: Circum:


A black and white photograph of a tall built structure raised on stilts with spires at either end, situated in a small grassy clearing surrounded by trees.

Research notes

"House [sic] Tamberan, Middle Sepik. The Tamberan Cult is the central feature of village life in many areas of Northern New Guinea, and the House [sic] Tameran, or Men's Ceremonial House, occupies a prominent position in each village. Some villages on the Sepik have as many as three House [sic] Tamberans occupied by different totem groups, and each group stores its sacred possessions in its own house. The large garamout posts forming the uprights are often beautifully carved, and each carving tells part of the history of the village" (Bartlett 19853).

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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