Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Villagers in Western Dress, Greeting Visitors
East Cape, Papua New Guinea
A crowd of people stand along the shore with trees in the background, many face the ocean water. They are dressed in colorful western style clothes.

Alotau sits at the edge of Milne Bay. The people flock to the water's edge to see the visitors and practice their Tok Pisin, an English—based language developed during the colonial period that today serves as an official language and the lingua franca of the nation of Papua New Guinea. In order for passengers to get onto land from the ship, small flat boats, canoes or dinghies are used. These forms of transportation are used throughout the islands. Islands (some with volcanoes), atolls, and coral reefs are scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean. The waters are difficult to navigate because of the small landmasses and shallow waters. On land the houses are almost hidden by the lush trees.
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