Sayes Arare is sacred ground music played on bamboo (mambu) flutes and garamut (slit log) drums from the Chambri Lakes in the Middle Sepik region of PNG. Sayes Arare connects the environment and the spiritual world, and reflects on the relationship between the two: the spirit world and everyday village life, and the environment in which both aspects dwell.


Sayes Arare is a multichannel video and sound work that documents the rhythms, textures, people, dance and sounds of the Changriman Village. At the centre of the work is the Arare, traditional flute players who hold the stories of the village in their haunting songs: sacred music telling important custom stories from the Chambri Lakes region.