Protection, New Guinea Art, Oceanic Art, South Pacific Art, Tribal Art
Field collecting in Papua New Guinea can be wonderful until it isn't. The environment is often gorgeous, the people are friendly and gracious and sometimes you find great art. Yet, there are times when one finds themselves in a difficult spot. Criminals in PNG often don't hang out in cities with all the police around. They often head out to the remote villages where their family and friends live. The same remote villages I visited looking for objects. The night before I learned one such escaped murderer was going to rob me when I left the village. To avoid this I hired this large group of armed men to escort me to safety. All nice guys here.