Rising Seas and drowning Cultures? Climate change and barkcloth art among the Maisin people of Papua New Guinea.

  • Hermkens, Anna-Karina (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Seri, Lester (Associate Investigator)
  • Sem, Graham (Associate Investigator)

Project: Other

Project Details


This interdisciplinary project details the effects of rising sea levels on indigenous culture and the arts, while empowering local communities and creating awareness about safeguarding people’s unique cultural heritage and livelihood. The project focuses on the Maisin people, famous for their barkcloth (tapa) art. Living along the shores of Collingwood Bay in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Maisin communities have been living with rising sea levels for several generations, but in November 2007 were hit by devastating floods that undermined houses and destroyed gardens, as well as tapa art practices. Combining anthropological research with science, exhibition and film-making, the project aims to empower Maisin communities, exploring and activating people’s own knowledge and decision-making processes to become more cohesive and resilient communities.
Short titleRising Seas
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/21