Iatmul - Papua New Guinea
Iatmul |Yentchen village, Sepik River, The Lowlands | Argentina, 2017
To attract good spirits, Iatmul men wear distinctive mai masks during ceremonies and rituals. They used to also be worn in times of conf lict to scare off the enemy, and they are integral to Iatmul beliefs, values and history. The masks themselves depict long faces and noses, and they are carved from wood and decorated with shells and pig tusks. They represent totems such as ancestors and supernatural family members.
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