Shield, reipi (detail), early 20th century. New Guinea, Western Highlands Province, Nebilyer Valley, Melpa and Imbongu language speakers. Wood, pigment, bark fiber. Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III. 2007.44.40
In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, tribal fighting is no longer practiced with bows, arrows, and wooden shields. Commissioned by the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, this film describes the loss of this cultural practice and follows a group of young men in the Waghi valley as they experience the art of shield making for the first time.