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Coconut Grater Stool [Object of the Day #27]

Coconut Splitter

By: Amy Ellsworth

This coconut grater stool was made in 1964 by local artisan Soses Tara on Nukuoro atoll in the Caroline Islands. A serrated piece of shell is attached to the front of the stool with plant fibers, and a split coconut is rubbed along the rough edge to shred the meat.  The gracefully shaped stool resembles a […]

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Hawaiian Feather Cloak [Object of the Day #14]

Hawaiian Feather Cloak

By: Amy Ellsworth

Cloak consisting of bundles of red and yellow feathers tied in overlapping rows to a netted foundation of plant fiber.  Such cloaks were items of aristocratic regalia, worn by only the highest ranking noble men in ancient Hawaii.  They were signifiers of rank, and provided sacred protection in battle.  It is thought that originally these […]

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The Golden Age of King Midas

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