Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Men from this Highlands tribe have individualized facial designs as well as choices for the plumage on their headdresses. Above their individualized brow bands each wears the white fur of the cuscus marsupial. They wear cloth on their arms, bodies and around their necks that has been brightly colored with synthetic dyes. The lower half of each face shines from tree oil or pig's grease covering black charcoal. Necklaces of red, white and blue beads cover their necks. Their kundu drums are painted black. A woman paints her face from her eyes down to her neck. Her headband has a row of iridescent green scarab beetles and two rows of white beads. Her child does not wear tribal clothing, but instead wears a blouse and shorts.
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