Mask

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Date
Mid to late 20th century
Geography
Mwai community, Middle Sepik River
Medium
boar's tusk
fiber
nassa shells
cowrie shell
clay
wood
cassowary feathers
Context
Rising sea-levels, increasing temperatures, and climate-related natural disasters are forcing communities across the globe to leave their homes—sometimes permanently. Climate-forced displacement is linked to poverty. Marginalized communities, including Indigenous groups, are often the people most affected by devastating storms, flooding, or fires. The Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea are the first place in the world to require population relocations due to climate change. In 2006, the council of elders on the islands formed a relocation program to move the community to the mainland. Many other islander and Sepik River communities have also moved inland due to flooding and rising sea levels.
Height
41 in
Width
14 in
Depth
6 in
Copyright
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