Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0491.HMC
Title:
Building for Selling Artwork, Housepost, Children
Place:
Lower Sepik, Angoram Village Market, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Group of children stand around outside a building for selling artwork. Many people can be seen under the roof within the building. Children stand near a decoratively carved house post.

Angoram villagers gather at the market building when they learn that visitors are coming. Visits are infrequent along the Lower Sepik River. The structure has the traditional trunks of trees for posts to support the thatched roof. Each post is deeply carved with figures of human beings in a chain with some right side up and others upside down. In some communities, skulls are placed under house stilts. Some communities bury skulls of family. Others bury skulls of enemies that they have killed.
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