The New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, United States, is showcasing a bark belt once used by natives of New Hebrides.
Founded in 1903, the Museum’s rich history reveals an intimate relationship with the communities it serves and is home to the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda, a half-scale whale ship built in 1916 by the aging shipwrights of New Bedford’s famed fleet.
The Museum displays four species of complete whale skeletons, including a Blue whale, the world’s largest mammal plus a mother and fetus of the highly endangered Northern Atlantic Right whale.
How the wide strip of bark belt got there is unknown and according to the original museum label, it is worn by cannibals.
The artefact is a valuable part of our heritage.