Item description for Iban Art: Sexual Selection and Severed Heads by Michael Heppell, Limbang Anak Melak & Enian Anak Usen...
The author describes the ikat, sungkit, pilih, and other forms of Iban weaving, the sculptures, the tattooing, metal forging, and other art of the Iban in the context of their oral sagas, stories, poetry, and love songs. He shows how art was used as a pre-literate scholastic aptitude test to ensure intelligent Iban married other intelligent Iban to increase the likelihood that their children were intelligent and were more likely to prosper. Women also chose men on the basis of their prowess at war to ensure the household, physically, was secure. That meant heads and headhunting. The book shows how weaving and headhunting came to be ritualized, the one encouraging the other, so that sexual selection was bound into the Iban's holy trinity of taking heads, growing rice, and birth or regeneration.
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More About Michael Heppell, Limbang Anak Melak & Enian Anak Usen
Michael Heppell is the UK's number one motivational trainer. His programmes on Brilliance have been attended by thousands of individuals and used by hundreds of companies across the UK and overseas as a way to motivate individuals to be all they can be. His current clients include major blue chip companies, high street retailers and Government bodies, plus individuals. Michael Heppell is also the bestselling author of Flip It; How to Be Brilliant; Brilliant Life; and Five Star Service.
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A 'must have' for any college-level art or cultural collection Jun 23, 2006
To say that IBAN ART: SEXUAL SELECTION AND SEVERED HEADS is a specialty item is putting it lightly: it's a 'must have' for any college-level art or cultural collection - and just as likely not a first pick for general interest public libraries. Michael Heppell spent two years in Sarawak studying Iban dispute management between 1971 and 1973, developing insights and a knowledge of Iban history and customs which are essential for any who would understand regional Asian concerns. IBAN ART provides fabulous photos of Iban textile designs, beadwork, carving patterns and more. Iban tattooing is a focus on both human and material forms and receives much inspection and close analysis. There is so very little written on the region that IBAN ART is an outstanding recommendation for any comprehensive Asian collection - and for any art library seeking a wide representation of other cultures.