Sepik River Region

individual, ENTITY.3413
Artist Biography:
The Sepik region is an immense grassland reserve, surrounded by one of the world's greatest rivers which runs 1,126kms from its origins in the mountains to the sea. The people along the river depend heavily on it for transportation, water and food. Their cultural links with the Sepik river are symbolized in many of their ancient and spiritual rituals. The history of the Sepik region reflects the influence over the years of the missionaries, traders, labour recruiters and administrators. Here river and crocodiles, man and nature have learned to live in mutual respect. The Sepik river has no actual river delta and stains the sea brown for up to 50 kilometres. It is said islanders off the coast can draw fresh water straight from the sea. The Sepik is navigable for almost its entire length and winds down through the land resembling a huge, brown, coiling serpent. The force of the river tears great chunks of mud and vegetation out of the river banks and at times these drift downstream as floating islands. The Sepik peoples supply what many experts consider the best and most creative carvings which differ from village to village. Sepik art and architecture are largely synonymous with Papua New Guinea art and are held in high esteem by collectors and museums throughout the world.