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Polynesian Tattoo - group 2

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The various cultures our group is researching are connected through geography and prehistoric migration, but more importantly through the role that ceremony plays in their self adornment. 


  • Kelsey is researching New Guinea where public displays of self decoration are important components of rituals and ceremonies. Ceremonies are held for tribal exchange, religious ritual, adult initiation, and the mourning of tribal members. New Guinea tribes often use face and body paint as a part of the adornment worn for these ceremonies. 
  • Sam is researching the Kava ceremony. Kava culture is a commonly reoccuring theme throughout many of the indigenous groups throughout the region.  The kava plant is grown throughout most of the Polynesian islands and can be quickly brewed into a drink for its medicinal and bodily effects.  It is used in many social gatherings and ceremonies, while others drink it in family settings.
  • Jasmine is researching traditional Filipino tattoos which are connected socioeconomically to Kalinga culture in Northern Luzon. Traditionally, these tattoos were commonly received during ceremonies or rites of passage, but were not limited to only those events.
  • Lauren is researching Tahitian dance adornment that plays a large role in the natives ceremonies and events and ultimately in their way of life. As a part of their dress, many resources were used to create headdresses, skirts, necklaces and other adornments. Some of these resources are: shells, hibiscus bark, grass, leaves (taro), feathers and flowers. Both men and women participate in the different dances, all who use different adornments. These dances or ceremonies are still being practiced today keeping the culture of Tahiti alive.  





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