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Karawari River and Blackwater River Map, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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[Map of the Karawari and Blackwater Rivers, ESP, PNG: 8k]

Figure 1: One-leg hook figure (wanleg) from the Korosameri - Blackwater River area.

The Blackwater, Korosameri and Karawari Rivers join to form a south tributary of the middle Sepik River. The language groups living along the rivers and in the rugged country in between have their own distinctive styles. Some villages incorporate Iatmul influences from the Sepik. A typical figure is the one-leg carving.

Wanleg carvings are basically two-dimensional. Small ones are carried in men's bilums as amulets. Larger ones are displayed in the ceremonial Haus Tambarans. Wanleg is Pisin English for any figure of this style. Visually similar styles are seen in the Karawari River area.

Blackwater River Carvings | Karawari River Carvings | Mumeri Village

Note: Place name spellings are variable in the literature (even in this site): Korosameri - Korosemeri - Krosmeri, Karawari - Korewori, Mumeri - Numeri, Kabriman - Kapriman, Kaningara - Kaninggara, Kuvenmas - Kuvemas - Govenmas - Governas.

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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