The ocean has always been a dominant force in the lives of the Pacific people. The islands and lands of the region were populated by people making long and risky voyages across dangerous waters.
Travellers were revered as discoverers and providers and it was believed that successful voyages were protected by various gods of the oceans and heavens.
It is not unusual for travellers to wear amulets that offer protection against the risks encountered when travelling.
This is a collection of carvings that have traditionally been worn to protect the traveller.