This photo of a Solomon Islander blowing a conch was taken at the recent Australia Day Parade in Adelaide.
The conch shell was used as a means of communication in the past. It was blown to gather the people, announce a message or to declare a festival or event open.
It was used along with drums which have different types of beating rhythms to relate messages; death, warning, harvest, tribal war, etc.
Both can be sounded together during festivals or celebrations.
You can see more of my Australia Day parade photos here on a recent post. (I thank Karley, a member of the Solomon Island Community, who supplied me the information about the conch and drum.)
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