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Torres Strait masks to be displayed in Hanoi

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Torres Strait masks to be displayed in Hanoi

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology where Torres Strait Islands will be displayed - PHOTO: VNA

Exotic masks of people living on Torres Strait Islands will be displayed in Vietnam for the first time at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi.

The opening ceremony will be co-held by the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the Australian Embassy and the National Museum of Australia in the exhibition hall on the first floor of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology’s Trong Dong (Bronze Drum) building on May 18.

The exhibition, with the theme “Evolution: Torres Strait Masks,” is part of activities to celebrate the International Museum Day 2018 (May 18) and the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia. It will be running until July 18, 2018.

The making and wearing of beautifully decorated masks is one of Torres Strait Islands’ most distinctive traditions, according to the Vietnam News Agency. Made from a mixture of shells, wood, and feathers, the intricate masks represent the different clans or language groups from each of the islands and hold a significant place in continuing and practicing culture. 

Torres is a strait which lies between Australia and the Melanesian island of New Guinea. The remote islands of Torres Strait are home to a unique indigenous culture and a virtually untouched natural environment.

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