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A Collection of Cannibals
GatorRob
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Posted: 2010-01-24 09:37 am   Permalink

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On 2010-01-21 02:31, HOUSE OF KU wrote:
GatorRob... is this the guy??


Yes, I believe that's the one. And at $800, it's not surprising he's still there. Okay, back to cannibals...


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-24 12:22 pm   Permalink

But why!? I could look at that same shop front again and again!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-25 6:31 pm   Permalink

Forgot one, not posted on this thread so far: The Cannibal SWIZZLE STICK !



It is UNMARKED, and identical on both sides. The Cannibal's style is also unspecific, not copied from any particular known carving or rendering. Though the stick is vintage, it feels like of more recent vintage, the plastic is a bit more rubbery.

When did they start making the round ball stick ends, any swizzle collector club members here?


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-02-06 4:39 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-01-15 22:01, bigbrotiki wrote:



... in Miroslav Stingl's 1985 book "Kunst der Suedsee" says. It was photographed (obviously a bit later than the postcard) at the Arahu Rahu marae in Tahiti, which was reconstructed in the mid-50s:





Bigbro - thanks for the background on my postcard. The postcard itself says "MARAE ARAHURAHU" on the back, so you were right on.
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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-02-06 8:28 pm   Permalink

I really think the cannibal tiki was inspired by this canoe figurehead. Bigbro showed this piece before on this thread but didn't mention the similarities...

Can you see?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-02-07 10:06 am   Permalink

Umm....so why would I show it in this thread if not for its similarity?

The main difference to the other cult objects where the motif was similar is that nowhere else did the mouth-wrapping-around-the-head occur. That symbolism specifically speaks of cannibalism, while the mere holding of heads or humans symbolizes head hunting, (or birth, or myths about ancestors).



Cannibalism was not practiced universally in the South Seas (though it did occur in the Solomons), for example it did NOT exist in Tahiti, where the carvings hail from. Tahiti also did NOT have a pronounced carving style, but as with tourism demand for Tiki carvings rose, carvers that had moved there from the neighboring Marquesas Islands filled that need. Not only is the style of the Cannibal carvings basically Marquesan, but the tradition is, as the Marquesans DID practice cannibalism.


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2010-04-10 3:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-15 22:01, bigbrotiki wrote:








Here's another shot of that tiki from a Travels of Captain Cook book published in 1971





Buzzy Out
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2010-06-20 9:54 pm   Permalink

Here's SHAG's version of the Mai-Kai Cannibals form this years Hukilau Aloha shirt and dress.



Very Nice!!
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-06-21 1:31 pm   Permalink

I got me one of those! (No, not the dress..)

Boris, I was expecting you to post Humuhumu's great Balhi Ha'i glass she had made for her home bar next :



inspired by the Beachcomber menu, this fine piece of glassware certainly belongs here too.


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2010-06-21 8:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-06-21 13:31, bigbrotiki wrote:

Boris, I was expecting you to post Humuhumu's great Balhi Ha'i glass she had made for her home bar next :


I was hoping someone who had a decent camera with an eye for lighting and detail would post a picture of one and voila there it is.

Great picture Bigbro!


 
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Vince Martini
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Posted: 2010-06-22 5:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone, this thread rocks. But...


I WANT MORE!!!


 
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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-07-12 9:42 pm   Permalink

What do you people think about it? Tiki? Cannibal? both?


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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2011-11-29 6:27 pm   Permalink

It's been awhile since I've found anything worthwhile "digging in the field" but I've recently unearthed some fine specimens from what I believe to be from the Hanalei Hotel. I travelled north to salvage 9 cannibal Tikis from the harsh elements. They need some serious TLC but I think the long drive was well worth it...

Here are three of them as I found them tied to various trees in a back yard in New Hampshire....


Here they are in my garage drying off after the long voyage home...


and here are some of the fellows as they migrate into my collection....


Happy hunting fellow urban archaeologists!



 
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LOL Tiki
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Posted: 2011-11-29 6:49 pm   Permalink

Congratulations - Great find! I think one of those guys needs to find his way back to San Diego...
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2011-11-30 01:14 am   Permalink

This thread was a great source of inspiration when I was completing the design for my "Kai Kanak aka The Happy Cannibal".





 
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