Leisure Recreation and the Arts

There are very few data on leisure and recreation beyond what we know of children's games (above). Both men and women were active in the manufacture of necessary material culture, but they preferred to exchange tobacco for goods (e.g., pots) if possible. Men made all ritual and military objects such as war shields, sacred flutes, and slitgong drums. These were often elaborately decorated, and Mead (1935/1963, p. 172) described their manufacture as "... the fine tight tradition of Mundugumor art, the high-relief carving on the tall wooden shields, the low-relief styled animal representations on the spears, the intricate painted designs on the great triangles of bark that are raised at yam-feasts." Women's manufacture of material objects was far more mundane and practical; their creations were usually unadorned yet important. They made small fishing baskets and the fiber that they wove into fishing nets, string bags, and a variety of other useful items.

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