“Transitions and the Transmission of Knowledge. Moments of Ageing in Oceania”

What does age and ageing mean in Oceania? And what does it have to do with tattooing? Why do younger and older brothers in the Sepik region in New Guinea exchange fish for sago flour? And how are the dead commemorated there?

The tour introduces perspectives on the social construction of ageing and being old in Oceania, as well as the implied social roles. Focusing on the relationship between the older and younger generation, the topics explored include rites of passage and initiation into new social age classes as well as the transmission of traditional knowledge from one generation to the next.

Taking examples from the Oceania collection, Matthias Claudius Hofmann, curator for Oceania at the Weltkulturen Museum, leads a tour in our current exhibition GREY IS THE NEW PINK.

Wednesday, 8. May 2019 - 18:00
7€ / 3,50€. Costs of tour included in admission fee
Weltkulturen Museum, Schaumainkai 29