Mask: Torres Strait dance machines


[Photo] Head piece, with shark positioned on top
Articulated masks  totem, beizam (tiger shark)
Ken Thaiday, originally from Erub (Darnley Island) in Torres Strait (between Australia and New Guinea) but now living in Cairns, is perhaps the best-known maker of 'dance machines' and dance masks. Ken designs and makes the masks and dance machines, and choreographs the performances, often with the Cairns based Darnley Island Dancers.
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