Storyboard; Republic of Palau Wood, 32″ x 12.5″, purchased new 1990.

Traditionally, elaborate carving appeared on the village men’s houses, and villages typically had many stories and tales of their founding and legendary village heroes. Carving representations of these tales onto freestanding boards developed after World War II as a money-making enterprise. On the storyboard shown, the story is that of a young man, Dulei of Ngebuked hamlet, who was in love with a very beautiful young woman, Surech, who lived in Ngkeklau hamlet. The young woman allows her head to be cut off in order that Dulei may present it as requested to his village chief. In more recent years, storyboard carving has become a means to pass the time and have an income for inmates on good behavior in the local prison.

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