Biak Natives "Sing Sing" 1

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Item Details

Title

Biak Natives "Sing Sing" 1

Subject

Birthdays
Dances
Native peoples

Description

"Local people dance - "Sing Sing" to celebrate Dutch Queen Wilamina's Birthday - Gov't supplied crepe paper head gear" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Queen Wilhelmina's Birthday Party. In 1944, Biak was part of the Netherlands East Indies, a Dutch colony whose reigning monarch was the popular Queen Wilhelmina. By August 1944, her birthday on the 31st had become Koninginnedag, a national holiday. As Hill recorded, men, women, and children on Biak observed their 'Queen's' 66th birthday -- and perhaps the end of Japanese control -- with apparent gusto by singing and dancing and drumming and playing and feasting on the beach. With Japanese forces diminished, 'Netherlands officials [by August 31 were gradually bringing] the native population back under Dutch control as rapidly as each area was cleared of troops. Some native laborers were supplied to the HURRICANE Task Force, and native scouts proved of real help during mopping-up operations." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)

Creator

Hill, Fred

Date

8/31/1944

Contributor

Helten, Paula (curator)

Rights

(c)Eastern Oregon University. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/). Acknowledgement of Eastern Oregon University as a source is required. For print quality images, prints, or high resolution tiff files, or commercial uses please contact the Library Director at Eastern Oregon University.

Identifier

2010.1.266

Spatial Coverage

Biak, New Guinea

Provenance

From the Collection of Fred Hill