Bag, Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands.
The Santa Cruz islands are a tiny, far-flung archipelago off the south eastern end of the Solomons proper, which are themselves situated in the same direction from the tail of Papua New Guinea. They are remote, tropical, tribal and settled anciently by pre-polynesian Lapita peoples.
This bag bears a faint relationship to the ubiquitous billums favoured by PNG and northern Australian women but it's so unexpectedly extra that I'm at a loss to say much more about it. I am unsure if it is meant to be strung around the head or carried in the hand. I have never seen another like it.
(Vanuatu's largest island).
Fish hook and line, Tuvalu.
This hook is far more impressive than is implied in this image, it being about a foot long and intended presumably for some of the enormous pelagic species like tuna and shark.
:-) Direct action- the opium of the people.
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