Villagers from Amborep have gathered to celebrate the carving of four new ancestor poles, or bisj, commissioned by a German art collector for $1,500. They are ceremonially erected at the water’s edge in front of the men’s long house. Erection of ancestor poles was traditionally an opening of hostilities against another village to avenge the dead whose lives are represented in the carvings. To end the fighting, Indonesian authorities banned Asmat festivals and burned their carvings. Today the Asmat, supported by Catholic missionaries, carve once again to keep their history fresh and to earn cash.