Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Old Crocodile Drum Among Foliage
Upper Sepik, Manam Island, "Murik Lakes" Region, Papua New Guinea
Faded wooden carved drum on the ground surrounded with foliage and trees. Drum end had crocodile head carved at the top edge.

Each village has its own garamut drum to communicate with villages beyond their calling during droughts when the rivers are not navigable. The large log drum, also called a slit—gong is carved from a hollowed—out log with a long slit running lengthwise along one side. The log is kept in a horizontal position with the slit in the top side. It is pounded with a wooden club, resounding with a deep—tone, booming signal that can be heard in great distance. Each ranges from four to ten feet in length. Like the canoes along the Sepik River, they are sometimes carved with faces of ancestors, crocodiles, birds, scenes of warfare or village life.
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