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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Oceanian ➔ Skirt And Headband, Piu Piu, With Poi Ball

Identifier:
121695
Description:
Woman's ceremonial skirt made of flax leaves curled, scraped into sections, dyed black. Headband made of flax. Ornamental dance accessory made of flax.

This is a piu piu, a traditional skirt and headband worn by Maori women during ceremonial dances. The skirt is made from flax fiber; the blackened sections are fashioned by scraping off the outer surface, then dying the interior. The piu piu makes a distinctive sound while dancing, and serves as a substitute for drums--which the Maori did not use. A poi ball, a dancing accessory, accompanies the piu piu. The accompanying poi ball is very traditional in style. It was twirled, via a short or long string, for entertainment in certain traditional dances.

See web label for details. Identified by Carol S. Ivory, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Washington State University--Pullman; tel: 509.335.7043.
Date:
1954
Materials:
Flax Leaves, Flax Fibers
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Rich, M. Ellen
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Virtual World Cultures Scavenger Hunt (August 2020)
“Culture” is a word that describes the ways of life shared by a
group of people. It has to do with how people live and includes things
such as music, art, religion language, clothing and more.This scavenger hunt
will introduce you to a few of the fascinating customs, beliefs and lifestyles
of people from diverse cultures in our communities and around the world.

Makers/Donors
Maori Ethnic Group

M. Ellen Rich
Related Place
New Zealand