Chapter 31: Elders, “Big Men,” Chiefs, and Kings. By: Cheryl & Eleanor. The Islands of Oceania. Oceania, also known as the South Pacific island group, has four major regions: Melanesia – “islands of the blacks” Micronesia – “small islands” Polynesia – “many islands”
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Cheryl & Eleanor
The mask is made from wood, feathers, vegetal materials and paints
There is a tongue-like shape inside the mouth representing the Matua eating a human liver, showing its cannibal-like attributes
The spirit’s ears are made of large carved and painted planks set into the sides of the maskMalanggan mask for lifting taboos