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A personal journey through the material culture & the magic. South Seas islanders had little access to metals or precious stones. They crafted superlative and fabled adornments from nature. They created currencies and ground-breaking trading networks that nurtured relationships and redefined value. This is their story.
About the Author
Wolfgang Grulke is an entrepreneur traveller, collector, diver, palaeontologist, photographer, and award-winning author. He is a former IBM executive and has been rated amongst the world’s top speakers and communicators. His business books include 10 Lessons from the Future and Lessons in Radical Innovation. Both were published by the Financial Times and also in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic editions. His 'Deep Time Trilogy' won the award for Best Non-fiction Book Series. His latest book Adorned by Nature is based on his extensive travel and diving expeditions in the South Seas.
"An absolutely stunning book. The connection between nature and culture in the tribal communities of Oceania has never been highlighted in such a fascinating way." —Klaas Schoof, Curator, Papua Heritage Foundation (Stichting Papoea Erfgoed), Amsterda
"After over fifty-five years of study and collecting in this field, this is the best book I’ve seen on the subject." —Col Davidson, Researcher and collector of primitive money, Past President of the Traditional Money Association
"I am in awe of your deep dedication to the culture of indigenous peoples." —Dr. Dolly Guise, Anthropologist, University of Sydney, Australia
"Presented with absolute clarity and packed with stunning images. A wealth of information on these amazing art forms will delight both experts and those new to the subject." —Sarah Corbett, Author, Ethnic Jewels Magazine, Consultant and Researcher
"A lively and vivid introduction to a complex and fascinating subject area, which is on the verge of extinction." —Alex Arthur, Publisher and artistic director of Tribal Art Magazine
"Comprehensive, well researched and beautiful. These are the objects that the people of Oceania themselves value and cherish most." —Michael Hamson, California art dealer in museum-quality Oceanic Art
"It is a great book. You should be proud." —Richard Aldridge, Researcher and Renowned Collector, Perth, Australia
"There is no better proof that collectors play a crucial role in contributing knowledge to the field than this book." —Marc Assayag, Art dealer and curator, pioneer of tribal art online, Montreal, Canada
"Amazing. A very personal and emotional book." —Ulrich Kortmann, Owner of Germany's top Tribal Art Gallery