Balinese shadow puppets are made out of leather, paint, and wood or bone. Rods are attached to the puppets' body and arms. The puppeteer uses the rods to move the puppet. While they were in Bali, Mead and Bateson hired a local man named I Wara to make several puppets for them. I Wara was an artist and his father had also been a professional puppet maker. Mead and Bateson were interested in how I Wara made the puppets, the tools he used, and how he used those tools. They took some movies of I Wara making the puppets. First he traces the puppet shape with ink, then carves it out of thin leather and finally paints it. Can you tell what I Wara is doing in this short movie? Try putting on your own shadow puppet play!
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