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One of the most amazing  objects that will be on display in the new Torres Strait Gallery at the NMA will be this Triple Beizam Dance machine by Ken Thaiday. Uncle Ken is an amazing self-taught artist with roots on Erub, Darnley Island. His dance machines are modern interpretations of the traditional articulated head dresses made for dance ceremonies on the islands. Triple Beizam is especially important because it is a representation of the power of his clan – the Beizam or Shark clan – upholders of law and order in preChristian TSI society. It will be great to have Uncle Ken’s dance machine beside more traditional dari headdresses and the video we’ll be featuring on Alick Tipoti, one of the modern masters of TSI art, talking about the connection between language, geography, culture and his visual art and dance practices.

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