Pois

Production date
Pre 1990
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Pair of woven Poi dance ornaments. Plaited twine with paper filling
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander dance ornament
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander dance ornament
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Production place
Measurements
Diameter - 70 mm
Length with cord - 550 mm
Media/Materials description
String, paper
Signature/Marks
Poi Poi 2. \ (NZ delegate) \ Given in PNG at \ Mother Union gathering \ Gift to Helen \ meeting outside Lae \ Helen travelled to T.I. \ & PNG - 1990-2
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.

Poi is a form of performance art that originated in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The name poi refers to both the dance and the balls on string that are twirled during the perfomance. Traditionally poi were made from flax or raupō fibres, but this modern set have been constructed with twine and paper filling.

These poi were given to the donor by the New Zealand delegation at a Mothers' Union Conference in Lae, Papua New Guinea.
Registration number
E40658

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