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ERIC Number: EJ907807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Yipwon: Learning from a Tribal Artifact
Armstrong, Wendy
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v110 n5 p44-45 Jan 2011
In the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City there is a woodcarving called a "Yipwon". It is from the remote north-east region of Papua New Guinea and was created by the Yiman people of the Korewori River Region. The Yipwon carvings look like a human skeleton in profile, showing evidence of ribs, heart, and head. The Yipwon figure, which balances on one foot, is kept as a talisman in the homes of the Yiman people and is said to host the Yipwon spirits. In this article, the author describes how her students created Yipwons using buff-colored shrink film as the medium. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea