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- Tony Atkinson
Photograph (black and white); a group of women performing a Te Buki (ceremonial dance), wearing plant fibre skirts, plant fibre necklaces and headbands, and flowers decorating their arms; a crowd of spectators sitting on the ground in the background; Bairiki, Kiribati.
Gelatin silver print
- 25th March 1959
- Photographed in: Bairiki
- Height: 12.7 centimetres
- Width: 17.7 centimetres
Inscription Positionback of image
Inscription Commenthandwritten in black ink on yellow label
Context: This image was photographed between 2100-2300 hrs (see PicDoc 259). Te Buki - the movements of this dance by girls from Betio Islet are taken from part of one of the old ruoia or standing dances of the Gilbertese. The very large leaf skirts are worn to accentuate the hip movements - presumably to bedevil the mind of the beholder already disturbed by the sight of the dancers' feet.
Lyrics to the Song:
These shining movements ceom from the southern half of heaven
See first the feet of the young girls
They tread a path which disturbs the mind
Do not resist it - for it is as old as heaven.
- Topographic representation of: Bairiki
The British Museum made photographic prints from original negatives in Mr T Atkinson's collection. The images depict HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's state visit to Kiribati (Gilbert and Ellice Islands) from 25th March - 5th April 1959. The BM has assigned copyright of these images.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- 33 (BM photographic series number)
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Object reference number: EPF103787
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