Dance paddle - ROM2008_10402_32

ROM2008_10402_32

Dance paddle

Maker: Mehn Pohnpei culture
Medium:Wood, fibre
Geography: U district, Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia
Date: c. 1958
Dimensions:
89.5 x 9.5 cm
Object number: 962.71.18
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThese paddles, unique to Pohnpei, are used during the recitation of oral history by a group of dancers. A row of women performs a hand dance called sapei, while another row performs the dokia stick dance. A line of male dancers performs the kepir with the dance paddles. Each dancer holds a paddle and rolls and taps it continuously on a bamboo pole while dancing. The last row of men dances the wen with their feet, hands and bodies moving rhythmically.
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