Carving by John Marston, inspired by trip to Papau New Guinea

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Saw this doco on Maori television NZ. It would have been the best bit of viewing all night on any of the channels, incredibley beautiful and very inspiring. Would like to thank all involved!!

by Robyn Lawrence, May 2, 2009

Firstly thank you Pamela & Elaine for sending me the DVD…all the way back here to Papua New Guinea.

A truly inspiring film that makes us wonder why there is so much space between ‘is’ and ‘ought’. I will certainly do my part to promote this video as it is a great example of how different we are in our cultural diversity yet underneath it all how much alike we really are.

As a Papua New Guinean, I am proud to see our artwork being represented internationally with such care. What struck me as I watched the film was the effort taken in educating the carvers of market value’s and generally the business of art sales, but more so the attention to building relationships with the carvers.

I think if more international art dealers took this approach to PNG art then we would have more sustainable business models for promoting and sustaining creative work and skills such as that shown in this film.

In the end though I loved how this was almost a perfect pairing of carvers who shared similar trades, who lived with the animals and water and who were looking at the future while still standing firmly in each of their traditions and cultures.

A well shot and beautiful story, thank you once again and we hope to see more inspiring stories like this in future.

by Emmanuel Narokobi, May 2, 2009

An exciting adventure for all involved, including viewers! “Killer Whale & Crocodile” does a wonderful job of showing that cross-cultural exchanges can be very moving: deeply personal, yet deeply universal — the perfect stimulation for creativity. (I am reminded of the gorgeous work which came out of exchanges by Northwest and Southwest First Nations in the fabulous travellying show “Totems to Turquoise”.) Let’s honour and encourage more of this wonderful work. Thanks to all of the sponsors and risk-takers involved in creating this production, with special thanks to Elaine Monds of Alcheringa for “taking time to see”.

by Jane Brett, August 21, 2007

I was incredibly moved by this film. I have always had great admiration for the tireless work that Elaine Monds has been involved in (bringing art from these two cultures to her Gallery in Victoria) but this was so much about bringing these cultures together for the first time. Thanks to Pete Campbell for the capturing on film the beauty and wonder of the story and to Bravo for making it available to their viewers. Well done.

by Gloria Hansen, August 20, 2007

Watched the one hour Bravo TV program today 19 august 2007 and was absolutely delighted to find a subject I know little about but enjoyed so much. I am not a carver but am a self taught artist and enjoy the challenge of working in various art mediums. I prefer highly technical and difficult subjects, have made and created pens to draw Gothic Cathedrals in very fine ink, and pens to draw the Renaissance in silverpont. After seeing this amazing show “Killer Whale and Crocodile” I am looking into my past to create a project to carve, we all appreciate the art of our native indians and now the design carvings of the New Guinea artists, I am English and will now research Medievil Anglo Saxon art to find my heritage in art and begin to design a series of carvings to emulate what the show encompasses, thank you for the inspiration.

by Frederick Tofts, August 19, 2007