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George Nona Koewbuw Dhoeri (War & Ceremonial Headdress) 2012
Feathers, pandanus twine, cassowary feathers 45 x 67cm approx $4935 including resale royalty
There are many forms of Torres Strait headdresses. In the Western Islands these headdresses are called dhoeris.
Historically dhoeris were worn during ceremony, rituals and tribal wars, while today there are only worn by dancers on
I have constructed a dhoeri very similar to the ones that were made in the past. This particular dhoeri was once used during
traditional ceremonies and war.
The feathers are cut like fish tails, representing the fish that inhabit the waters around the islands that we hunt in daily. Cowry
shells were once a currency used by Torres Strait Islanders during the headhunting days. Cassowary feathers are
incorporated for totemic or spiritual reasons. Songs and dances connect this dhoeri to Torres Strait Islanders mentally,
physically and spiritually.
The specific details of these dhoeris and rituals have been handed down orally through generations, referred to as Adhimin
Tiday (in parables). I cannot disclose the finer details and specific meanings behind this dhoeri for cultural reasons.