The Real Douk-Douks

The French Douk-Douk knife is arguably much more famous than the Duk-Duk secret society of the South-Pacific Tolai people from which it derives its name. Photographs and drawings of actual Duk-Duk members (who acted as enforcers of tribal spiritual and civil order sometimes quite brutally) are scarce and difficult to track down amongst the throngs of images to be found of the knives that bear the name. We’ve gathered a number of images and arranged them here for those curious in knowing more about the figure behind the iconic tool.

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Ron and Elx”Ron and Ella Lucas's photos of Tolai Duk Duk dancers, about 1964, at Navunarm, 10 miles out of Rabaul, these are from a Tamori

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