The following list includes all of the locations in The Pacific represented in the Logan Museum Collections.



The Igorots inhabit northern Luzon in the Philippines, comprising a number of various tribes, some of which are noted as headhunters. 

The Logan Museum collection of Igorot objects includes a variety of knives, as well as daily-use objects and jewelry.

The Moros comprise a number of tribes of Muslim Malays in the southern Philippines.

The Logan Museum has small collection of Moro objects, including weaponry and jewelry.


Samoa lies east of the Fiji Islands and northeast of New Zealand. It was first settled from Tonga about 3,000 years ago. Like Tonga, the chiefs trace their lineage back to the divine ancestors. 

The Logan Museum collection of ethnographic materials from Samoa consists mostly of ceremonial weaponry, tools and jewelry.

The Tongan islands lie between New Zealand and Samoa east of Australia. Tongan social structure is centered around a supreme chief, called the tu'i tonga who traces his lineage to the Creation god. 

The Logan Museum has a small collection of ethnographic material from Tonga, mostly war clubs.

Austral Islands
The Austral Islands are in central Polynesia, south of Tahiti. The ceremonial paddles of the Austral Islands are particularly well known, as they were often made as tourist items. 

The Logan Museum has a particularly fine ceremonial paddle from the Austral Islands.


The Aborigines are the native culture of Australia whose artistic expressions extend back some 20,000 years. Bark paintings are common, usually depicting origin myths from the era when the Aborigines belief the world and its inhabitants were created, the Dream Time.

The Logan Museum has a small number of artifacts from the Aborigines, mostly bark paintings and weapons.


New Guinea
New Guinea is the largest island in Melanesia, the eastern half of which is part of the present-day Papua New Guinea.

The Logan Museum has benefited from donation of the large collection acquired by James D. Tobin during numerous visits between 1976 and 1990. The majority of the artifacts originate from the Sepik River valley, long considered one of the foremost areas of Oceania for the collection of "primitive" art.

New Caledonia
New Caledonia is the southernmost of the major  Melanesian Islands, lying between Australia and the Fiji Islands. The Kanak, as the people are called, have organized their society around the yam, which they consider to be the flesh of the ancestors. Their calendar is based on the various stages in the cultivation cycle of the yam.

The Logan Museum's collection of ethnographic materials from New Caledonia consists mostly of ceremonial weaponry.

Massim Area
The Massim Area, sometimes inaccurately referred to as Trobriand, refers to the group of islands located just off the eastern tip of New Guinea.

The Logan Museum has a number of objects from the Massim Area including shell jewelry and musical instruments.

New Ireland
New Ireland is is one of the easternmost islands of Papua New Guinea. The people are known for their elaborate funerary rituals called malanggan ceremonies, in which elaborate painted masks are worn. The tatanua is the most important of a person's three souls, and is represented by a mask as it is believed this soul resides in the head.

The Logan Museum possesses an exceptional tatanua mask, as well as several other ethnographic artifacts.