Luke Kabariu and Barth Saien

Lihir artists (New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea). Luke Kabariu from Masahet Island is Superintendent, Cultural Awareness for Newcrest Mining Ltd and a key founding member of The Lihir Cultural Heritage Association. Luke painted the Oon (turtle) garamut and assisted Barth Saien with the other traditional items [in the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Musical Landscapes of Lihir']. Barth Saien is from Masahet Island and is an expert designer and painter of traditional items (for example biar, kangal and laes) for use during traditional dances. He is also a lead dancer for various traditional dances performed at feasting and other celebrations on Lihir and on mainland New Ireland.

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