Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Men from the Kambasakuyufa in the Upper Asaro of the Eastern Highlands Province make extensive use of modern chemicals for their colorful ceremonies. Their dancing shields (back staffs) are brightly painted on hammered bark cloth that are can be more than ten feet tall when attached to the bamboo poles or wood boards. Each carrier must be assisted in the removal from his back. Trade store beads of red, blue, green, yellow and white are made into necklaces matching colors on their shields, waistbands, tassels on their earlobes, headbands and knee bands. Red and yellow paint embellishes the face. White headbands from the cuscus marsupial or tree kangaroo support the orange parrot feathers and brown cassowary plumes. The man on the right wears a string of green iridescent scarab beetles on his brow bands. The man in the middle wears a white carved shell in his nasal septum.
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