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A Collection of Cannibals
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-09-15 12:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-09-15 11:37, cloudmonkey wrote:
This is some fascinating stuff.

Is the Harvey's signature tiki logo one of these cannibals?



The little guy is right where the big guy's mouth would be. Is this a very stylized version of the Eater?




I believe the Harvey's guy rather is an attempt at this classic Tahitian god:



...which Picasso liked so much he had a replica made of it:



(both pics from Tiki Modern, pages 35/ 36)

Nice Steve Crane style Cannibal, Tikinomad, here is one of the poles that stood in front of the Hanalei Hotel/ Islands Restaurant before it got renovated:



...and we all know where IT originally came from, right?

And House of Ku: You OWN that shirt? And you know Spence Weaver's granddaughter? He had the pick of all the top shelf tourist carvings in his day!






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kirby
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Posted: 2009-09-15 2:39 pm   Permalink

This is a gear shifter i carved for my dunebuggy, with my interpretation of the tiki cannibal/headhunter, I particularly like when skulls are used in this way, I believe I have seen some examples in The book of tiki, as a polypop way of representing it but im not sure if the skulls were used in this way before that time.Sven?



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GatorRob
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Posted: 2009-09-15 3:46 pm   Permalink

The Portland Kon-Tiki cannibals, now at Thatch in Portland:


From the Jardin Tiki, Montreal:


And the Kon-Tiki cannibals at La Mariana (pretty much identical to the Luau pole bigbro posted):



 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-09-15 4:05 pm   Permalink

Here's Mr. Daumer...
He ain't in any Tiki bars
but he IS a real cannibal....
so i thought he needed to be here....




 
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cloudmonkey
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Posted: 2009-09-15 9:51 pm   Permalink

bigbrotiki, what's the name of that Tahitian god the Harvey's logo is based on? It's very cool looking and I'd like to find out more about it. Is it Ta'aroa, their creation god? I couldn't find any images to compare.

Thanks!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-09-15 10:29 pm   Permalink

Quite funny...but please let's not let this thread deteriorate into a Cannibal joke or all-about-cannibalism thread, there is too much fun to be had with the Cannibal Carving subject in itself.

Thank you for the Crane Cannibal dokumentation, GatorRob!

Kirby, you probably mean this guy from The Tikis:



...and no, I don't think there is an ancient precedent, he is pure Polynesian pop.

The concept in modern Tikidom of a head or figure between the legs is not neccessarily connected with the Cannibal concept, but often might be inspired by another ancient Polynesian tradition, that of the Maori:





...where it was connected with ancestor myths about birth, creation, maybe subjugation, but never cannibalism.





 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-09-15 10:34 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-09-15 21:51, cloudmonkey wrote:
bigbrotiki, what's the name of that Tahitian god the Harvey's logo is based on? It's very cool looking and I'd like to find out more about it. Is it Ta'aroa, their creation god? I couldn't find any images to compare.
Thanks!



I am not at home with my archive, but I think his name was A'aa, or something funny like that, from Rurutu. You can find him in many Oceanic art books, he was hollow and had many more "children" carvings in his belly.

Here's a prize question: Which other children did he inspire in Polynesian pop that we all know?


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2009-09-15 11:23 pm   Permalink

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Here's a prize question: Which other children did he inspire in Polynesian pop that we all know?



Could it be this fellow from Disneyland's Tiki Room?


And the Tangaroa Babies that descend from his limbs?




Since the Ruruturu God, A'a has sometimes been identified with Tangaroa (Ta'aroa), the creator god?

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Koolau
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Posted: 2009-09-15 11:24 pm   Permalink

That helmet-like head and "children" made me think of:



Tangaroa Baby




 
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2009-09-16 05:50 am   Permalink

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On 2009-09-15 12:54, bigbrotiki wrote:

...which Picasso liked so much he had a replica made of it:




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I don't think he personally had a replica made because I went to an exhibition which featured items from the Roland Penrose Archive (an early but influential collector of surrealists/da da/cubists) and they had the very same "Tangora god of the sea" cast.

It just shows that the surrealists had the best shops to visit, where you could buy casts of amazing Tikis.

Also the Tangora Babies are exactly like the small figures on the big tiki.


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-09-16 08:09 am   Permalink

there's a whole book on Picasso's Oceanic Arts collection
but it's expensive....
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BigToe
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Posted: 2009-09-16 10:56 am   Permalink

Picasso was a cannibal???

big fun thread! thanks for starting it Kate!!!

i feel a painting coming on!

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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2009-09-16 4:45 pm   Permalink

I too am enamored by the Tahitian cannibal trio. I love him so much I commissioned Flounder to do a burlap for me. I'm so glad we have these big carvings, ephemera, shirts & mugs, and folks who create new interpretations.

GREAT collection Kate! Thank you for sharing with us! I didn't know anyone else loved them as much as I do.





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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2009-09-16 5:35 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-09-14 22:11, bigbrotiki wrote:

Quote:

On 2009-09-14 18:48, Tiki-Kate wrote:
I honestly can't recall when my obsession with the Cannibal Trio started...




...maybe with the BOT?



I think you might be right, Sven.

I'm also quite taken with this image of the Kon Tiki menu from page 108 of Tiki Modern. It's on my list of things I'd like to carve. I need to finish about five other projects before I start anything new though.



And I'm so glad you posted the Flounder, TW. I came very close to including it in my original post, but I hoped that you would chime in here.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2009-09-16 5:40 pm   Permalink

Congrats Kate...they are awesome. Thanks everyone for such great info and pix...really helps those of us that are still on the steep side of the learning curve.
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