Dukduk secret society

I’m not sure if this is a Dukduk…

Mask from the Gazelle peninsula, New Britain, belonging to a secret society. The head, which is of sacking is painted and decorated with a cluster of feathers, leaves then being added as well. The mask represents a tumbuan of the Dukduk secret society, which in contrast to the male dukduk is thought to be female. Museum für Völkerkunde, Basle.

Four tubuan in ceremonial lineup with their dukduk children, Navunaram Village near Rabual, 1964. Photo courtesy of the Ron and Ella Lucas collection.


  • matthew
    Sunday, 13th April, 2008 - 12:34 am | Permalink

    i wonder how you get to join in?

  • lucy
    Sunday, 13th April, 2008 - 11:52 pm | Permalink

    i dont know but it looks exciting, doesnt it?!

  • Ape
    Friday, 25th March, 2011 - 7:20 pm | Permalink

    I can tell you fools how one enters this ‘exciting’ society. Fifty to one hundred human limbs must be presented to the chief. Isn’t that just brilliant!

  • lucy
    Saturday, 26th March, 2011 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    How do you know?

  • Leave a Reply