Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Among the 25 Iatmul villages along the Middle Sepik River most frequently houses are close together, nestled against the ever—encroaching forests and facing the Middle Sepik River shore. The men's spirit house is placed in the center of the bare ground where many ceremonies take place. For communities that produce yams, an ornate yam house is built nearby where competitors display their largest ones. A bamboo ladder enables the people to get to the first floor. It is withdrawn at night to avoid animals and enemies from entering. The second floor is used for storage. To the left coconut palms are an important product, not only for the foods, but also for the leaves that are used as thatch for the roofs and wall covering.
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