The distinctive Torres Strait drums were actually made in Fly River area of Papua New Guinea and made their way into the Torres Strait via the trade networks that existed between Torres Strait Islanders and their Papuan neighbours. Torres Strait Islanders exchanged pearl shell and stone for canoe hulls, which could not be sourced on the islands, as well as other highly prized commodities like the drums.

Physical Description

A wooden hourglass shaped drum decorated with cassowary feathers and natural pigments.

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