5 years ago in New Hampshire I was home sick, so I brought out a picture that my husband had taken when we went to Madang Province in Papua New Guinea. This picture brought me back home. The temperature outside was below 20, but I felt warm. I was alone and it was very quiet around me, but I felt like I was in the middle of the market where we saw these masks, lots of people around me and I could smell the fresh produce and grilled fish the vendors were selling. I was inland, but I could see the water right outside and the small islands in the distant.
Papua New Guinea has one of the best form of art I've seen. These masks are created to be inhabited by spirits. They are intended both to help the people meet the challenges of everyday life and to ward off the influences of unfriendly spirits. Many of the carvings are also used in ceremonies and rituals that mark the important stages of life.