The Island Warrior: Coconut Fibre Armour from Kiribati

April 4th– September 25th 2017

Spotlight Gallery, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

Co-curated by Dr Ali Clark, and Rachel Howie

This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary suits of armour made in the small islands of Kiribati, in the Pacific Ocean, throughout the 19th century.

By looking closely at the armour we will discover how these complex objects were made, worn and used. Other objects on display will explore the contemporary relevance of this armour to I-Kiribati people today. The display will also include a new suit of armour made especially for the Museum by artists Kaetaeta Watson, Lizzy Leckie and Chris Charteris. This new suit of armour is the first Kiribati armour to be made in 45 years.

The research leading to this exhibition has received funding from the European Research Council project Pacific Presences under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, grant agreement no.324146]11.

[image caption: One of the senior students at Rongorongo training college, Beru. Photographed by Reverend George Hubert Eastman, pre 1925, MAA P.4912.ACH1.]

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