The new family and the spiderweb by Lillias Bujava (Kausara)

Details of The new family and the spiderweb

The new family and the spiderweb by Lillias Bujava (Kausara)
Catalog Number : 832043
Size : 127.5cm x 73.5cm
Medium : Natural Pigments On Nioge (barkcloth)
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About The new family and the spiderweb
Ae va 'o (anuni baj'e), buboriano'e, ve'i ija ahe, vavodeje, ja'e, siha'e (vinohu'e), ohu'o, visuano'e

Story of the new family & the spiderweb (with stepfather's eyes, beaks of the Papuan Hornbill, tailbone of the lizard, fruit of the sihe tree (men's tattoo design of the bellybutton), and teeth of the fish.
The lines that run through the work are known as orriseege or pathways and provide a compositional framework fro the design. The small yellow triangles are jeje an'e, beaks of Lawe's Parotia. Lawe's Parotia is an extraordinary bird and is part of the bird-of-paradise family. It is black in colour and has six wires extending from its head and a golden crest on its chest. Male birds perform spectacular courtship dances for females in arenas which are also created and tended by the the male. In Omie tettitory, the bird is found only on the highest ridges of the mountains and it is held sacred by Omie people. The zig zagging triangular designs are buboriano'e, the beaks of the Papuan Hornbill. Hornbills are the largest flying birds that can found in the Omie Mountains. In one version of the story of how the first people emerged onto the surface of the earth from Awai'i underground cave, a man used his hornbill beak forehead adornment as a tool to chisel his way through the rock an into the light of the world. The slanting square design is ve'i ija ahe, the tailbone of the lizard. The small triangles with curling ends are vavodje ja'e, a bush rope made from a vine that has red flowers. The diamond design is siha'e, a yellow fruit found in the rainforest and often eaten by cassowaries. In the times of the ancestors Omie people would chew the fruit, swallow the juice and spit of the pulp. This design is sometimes also called vinohu'e, the men's tattoo design of the belly button. The chevron design between the siha'e diamond design is visuano'e representing the teeth of the mountain fish. The smaller black marks seen throughout the work is a design called bureji sor'e, which was originally inspired from a naturally occurring pattern found on the dried pandanus leaves of traditional mats. This pattern is thought to be created by an insect and is much admired.
Sahuote clan story of the Family and the Spider: In the time of the Ancestors, a man and women were living in the village. The woman was a virgin and not old enough to marry yet she fell pregnant to the man before she was married. She gave birth to a son and then left the village with her new baby to look for a nice place to raise him. Another man followed her and then they met and walked together. The man told the new mother that if they kept the baby out in the open something bad may happen so they must find a safe place for it to grow. As they walked along the forest path the nice spider named Oh'oi was following then and covering their footprints to hide them so that they were safe from their enemies. On the path the man, woman and baby came to a large spiderweb from the ground up into the trees and blocking the path. The man said, " We have to hide under this spiderweb or someone may follow our footprints and attacks us'. First the mother and son went into the spiderweb and hid themselves. Then the man went inside the spider's home but kept watch for enemies that may approach, with his face just outside the hole. The man said, ' This baby may grow to be a great man so we must look after him well'. The family stayed inside the spiderweb for one day and one night and then they went to the village, Javah, and stayed living there. The woman married the man and they had plenty more babies.
The designs seen in Lillia's painting associated with this story are as follows: The ovular designs which each contain two brackets and two dots are ae va'o (anuni baj'e). The stepfathers eyes as he keeps watch from the spider's nest and protects the family. The square-arcg design is horu viju-vijue, the heels of the foot of the mother and man. The smaller fine black 'dashes' are horu va'oje, the foorprints of the other and man. The solid black curlicue design is Oh'oi am'e, the nest of the nice sider Oh'oi. The other circular designs represents the way the family were travelling on the path.