But are these aliens?
Here is where I confess that I have slightly manipulated the image, taken from Headhunting in the Solomon Islands: Around the Coral Sea (1942). I have restored this picture to the way Maike first carved it, before American painter Caroline Mytinger objected that the images failed to do her and her female traveling companion, Margaret Warner, justice. Specifically, Mytinger failed to recognize them as portraits of her and her friend and thought they were merely generic, stylized deities or ancestors. To please Mytinger, Maike added breasts to both images, as well as a cigarette for Mytinger and a guitar for Warner:
“All the time he was drawing, he never once referred to us for data,” Mytinger wrote. “He drew the representative human figure as it has been carved for generations in this lagoon…”
If it was possible for a Melanesian artist to “see” actual flesh and blood human women as “Grey” aliens in the 1920s, what warrant do we have to assume that the stylized images of earlier peoples’ art are anything but stylized humans on the same order?