In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this necklace, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.
Jackson fieldnotes: Necklace of 98 animal teeth (all drilled). Backed with two ply fibre cord. Made by men. Used in exchanges but not a prime valuable and worn by anyone at anytime. Teeth type mainly dog teeth plus various game animals. Wild animal = wal; teeth = meg.
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