Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0588.HMC
Place:
Yentchen, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Stilt houses of Yentchen, a small Iatmul village along the Middle Sepik River, are built from nearby trees or bamboo and thatched with river grasses or plants from the forest behind them. To the right of the house, another is under construction. Dugout canoes called cracanoes can be seen in the shallow waters. The prow of each is carved to resemble a crocodile head. Crocodiles are both feared as predators of human beings and revered as ancestors.
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