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Map of the Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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[Map of the middle length of the Sepik River, ESP, PNG: 9k]

[Kneeling ancestor figure with bird-crocodile standing behind with its feet on the ancestor's shoulders: 21k]

The true Middle Sepik starts just above Pagwi and continues down to the Sepik's junction with the Yuat River. Not shown are three main roads that come out from Wewak on the coast to the north side of the river. The upper road goes to Pagwi, a middle road to Timbunke and the lower road to Angoram.

The Sepik-Ramu area is one of the most culturally diverse and rich areas of the island of New Guinea. Each village has a distinctive style. Most figures and masks represent clan ancestor figures or totemic animals or birds. Some of the ancestors are people known to living members of the village and some are from the distant past when the various clans emerged and migrated to their present territories and villages.

Figure 1: Clan ancestor figure backed by totemic creature with bird and crocodile features, Mumeri Village.

See also: Guide to Sepik River Carvings

Browse Sepik River villages - Middle Sepik: Aibom | Chambri Lakes | Kamindimbit | Kandangai | Kanganaman | Koiwat and Kamangauwi | Korogo | Mindimbit | Mumeri | Palambei | Tambanum | Yamok | Yentchan | Yenichenmangua | see also Karawari and Blackwater Rvs | above Pagwi: Ambunti Mtns (Waskuk) | Hunstein | Japandai | near Angoram and below: Angoram | Imbando and Taway | Kambaramba | see also Ramu Rv

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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Artifacts on this site were collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. Background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. by Carolyn Leigh is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0