Contemporary Traditional Asmat Culture Part 2Presentation Transcript
Contemporary Traditional Asmat Culture part 2. "The Asmat Creation Story: Fumeripits creates People from Trees" By: Julian Gomez, February 3, 2012 Period 6, Culture and Geography Source: Cagyalan,Ph.D.Emily. "The Asmat" . In Helibrum Timeline of Art History.New York: The Metropolitian Museum of Art,2000-. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/asma/hd_asma.htm(October2004); and Mr.Ruben Meza,2012.
According to asmat tradition:"Fumeripits was the first being to exist on earth, and he also created the first men's ceremonial house [called] a jeu."
"Fumeripits would spend his days dancing along the beach, but after awhile grew tired of being alone."
"So he chopped down a number of trees, carved them into human figures, and placed them inside the jeu."
"However since the sculptures were inanimate,Fumeripits was still unhappy.He then decided to create a drum, and chopped down another three, hollowed out the center, and stretched a piece of lizard skin over the top."
" As he began to play the drum, the human figures miraculously came to life, their elbows came unstuck from their knees, and they began to dance."
This is how Fumeripits made people from trees.And the first people were Asmat.