The tribal art of Micronesia makes use of the limited resources available to these atoll dwellers. Sinnet and pandanus fibre are the most common form of material used in the tribal art along with the products obtained from the sea. In many cases, the tribal art is confined to the production of fishing lines, nets, sinkers and hooks as well as slender adzes which are constructed by grinding down large specimens of the auger shell. Ornamental tribal art often comprises decorative wall hangings and ornate fans made from processed and dyed pandanus leaves and feathers.  

Ponape (Pohnpei)

Bending vines for basket construction, Ponape.


Folk art from Guam.

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