Dr. Morren’s Field Photographs

 

George taking notes at Bamblediam Village, Idam Valley, 14 January 1968. Photograph by George Morren.

George taking notes at Bamblediam Village, Idam Valley, 14 January 1968. Photograph by Dr. Barry Craig.

Pandanus fruits (red and yellow). The yellow pandamus is believed to have originated from a baby’s feces. This baby was one of the founding ancestors of the Miyanin (Fitipkanip). Photograph by George Morren.

Pandanus fruits (red and yellow). The yellow pandamus is believed to have originated from a baby’s feces. This baby was one of the founding ancestors of the Miyanin (Fitipkanip). Photograph by George Morren.

Two young Miyanmin men dressed up and beating hand drums in the dance house (itam). The dance floor of the itam was lower than the surrounding hearths and galleries. There was no central post. The roof was held up by a central beam supported at and near its ends. The springy palm wood joists were covered by relatively smooth bark flooring. The palm wood joists were supported from below by posts of appropriate length only around the edges where the floor met the platform, providing a trampoline effect (George Morren, pers.com.10 June 2009). Photograph by George Morren.

Two young Miyanmin men dressed up and beating hand drums in the dance house (itam). The dance floor of the itam was lower than the surrounding hearths and galleries. There was no central post. The roof was held up by a central beam supported at and near its ends. The springy palm wood joists were covered by relatively smooth bark flooring. The palm wood joists were supported from below by posts of appropriate length only around the edges where the floor met the platform, providing a trampoline effect (George Morren, pers.com.10 June 2009). Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin family house (unangam) for co-wives, with separate entrances.

Miyanmin family house (unangam) for co-wives, with separate entrances.

Miyanmin mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin cooking red pandanus in a mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin cooking red pandanus in a mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin house. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin house. Photograph by George Morren.

Carved shields (c. 1968) by Biok at the Tifalmin village of Bulolengabip, Ilam Valley, two days walk west of Telefomin. Photograph by George Morren.

Carved shields (c. 1968) by Biok at the Tifalmin village of Bulolengabip, Ilam Valley, two days walk west of Telefomin. Photograph by George Morren.

Men making stone axe-adze blades and binding them to hafts at Bibiyun, August (Yapsie) River, 21 January 1968. Photograph by George Morren

Men making stone axe-adze blades and binding them to hafts at Bibiyun, August (Yapsie) River, 21 January 1968. Photograph by George Morren

Miyanmin woman and children. Shield on the veranda of the house in the background. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin woman and children. Shield on the veranda of the house in the background. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin man with shell and cassowary quill nose ornaments, pig tusk ear ornament, beaded forehead band and possum fur placed over his hair. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin man with shell and cassowary quill nose ornaments, pig tusk ear ornament, beaded forehead band and possum fur placed over his hair. Photograph by George Morren.

Small Miyanmin girl scraping a taro corm. Man with shell ornament on nose. Photograph by George Morren.

Small Miyanmin girl scraping a taro corm. Man with shell ornament on nose. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren

Miyanmin mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren

Miyanmin mumu (leaf and hot rock oven); cooking butchered slabs of pig. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin mumu (leaf and hot rock oven); cooking butchered slabs of pig. Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin cooking red pandanus in a mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren.

Miyanmin cooking red pandanus in a mumu (leaf and hot rock oven). Photograph by George Morren.

house. Chalked writing at the side of entrance reads: “haus bilong M…” [Morren?] Photograph by George Morren.

house. Chalked writing at the side of entrance reads: “haus bilong M…” [Morren?] Photograph by George Morren.

Carved shields (c. 1968) by Biok at the Tifalmin village of Bulolengabip, Ilam Valley, two days walk west of Telefomin. Photograph by George Morren.

Carved shields (c. 1968) by Biok at the Tifalmin village of Bulolengabip, Ilam Valley, two days walk west of Telefomin. Photograph by George Morren.

Using newly hafted adze. Photograph by George Morren.

Using newly hafted adze. Photograph by George Morren.

 

Special thanks to Dr. Christopher Morren and Mrs. Edie Morren for sharing Dr. George Morren’s photographs.  And to Dr. Barry Craig, Senior Curator of South Australian Museum for providing captions.