– Exhibition –

Material Culture:

The Hampton Archive Artifacts

This exhibition complements the Fiber and Stone: People of the Baliem Valley. It highlights some of the fascinating artifacts from the collection of the Hampton Archive at the Tracing Patterns Foundation. These beautiful, well-crafted, and meaningful objects were made and used by the Dani and Yali people. The materials used reflect the available natural resources within their territories as well as their trade activities to acquire exotic precious items such as birds-of-paradise feathers and shells. Dr. O. W. Hampton collected these objects in the field during the 1980s and 1990s, the last gasp when the fiber and stone culture still played a big part in their daily and ritual lives.