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Polynesian Tattoo - group 2

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on May 18, 2009 at 5:37:34 pm

Group members and Topics: 

 Kelsey Neal: New Guinea; Sam Timidaiski: Kava Ceremonies;


     The various cultures that our group is researching are connected (roughly) through geographic location and more importantly, for the purposes of this class, 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 grows throughout most of the Polynesian islands and can be quickly brewed into a drink for its medicinal and body 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 commonly tattoos were given during ceremonies or rites of passage, but not limited to only those events.




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