Ulis are iconic Oceanic art objects. These powerful ancestral figures were presented in Malagan ceremonies in central New Ireland. Already at the turn of the XXth century, they were very rare, and we identified over 220 in Museums and private collections. For nearly 150 of them we identified the field collectors, and for a large fraction the village of collect and the village where they were originating.
I will take you through a journey following old diaries forgotten in libraries, letters and old photos. We will travel the museums, private collections, to the Hills where is hidden the abandoned village of Konombin, one of the most important ritual site.