The Australian Embassy was joined by senior government and community members to officially open the Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition on Wednesday 17 August.

The exhibition features masks that are brought to life through traditional performances of sacred rituals and ceremonies.  Traditional masks were made of turtle shell and are unique to the world.  The masks possess traditional powers that allow one to channel and connect with another realm.  Torres Strait mask makers today, whilst using a variety of materials, hold the artistry close and are reviving the ancient techniques and the spiritual re-connection with ancestors and showcasing ancient practices to the world.

After formal speeches and a ribbon cutting, guests were personally guided through the exhibition by Ms Kayla Ross, a diplomat and Aboriginal woman. Guests remarked on the craftsmanship of the artists and the similarities they saw between their culture and that of the Torres Strait.  The Embassy was pleased to see guests engaging so positively with Torres Strait art and culture. 

The Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition is open during regular business hours of the Belau National Museum and concludes on 4 September.  The public is encouraged to attend a special “Night at the Museum” event on Friday 2 September.  At this event, guests can expect food vendors, mask making activities for the kids, a live band, guided tours of the Exhibition and a special presentation from Ms Kayla Ross and Ms Kiblas Soaladaob.  It’s the perfect way to start a long weekend.

For more information, please contact the Australian Embassy, Palau at 488-4628 or koror.embassy@dfat.gov.au.  Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/AusEmbPalau/ for more details on Australia’s activities in Palau. 

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