Photo: D. Lepsoe
Iatmul master carver Kaua Gita was born in Korogo Village on the Sepik River in 1964. He began to carve when he was fifteen, learning from his father and other carvers in the village. Korogo has a history of fine carving and strong ceremonial life. Its splendid haus tambaran (spirit house) was renowned throughout the region, serving as the ceremonial centre of village life and a powerful incentive for cultural sustainability. When its latest incarnation was constructed in the late 1980s, Kaua was commissioned by the elders to carve its crowning roof finials. Kaua is a great advocate for his people. As a senior carver in the village, he teaches many of the young boys, even carving gift pieces for them to encourage their progress. His works can be found in collections in Australia, Canada, and the United States.