Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
A Western Highlands woman of the Melpa (also spelled Medlpa) tribe from the village of Kindau faces the women dancers. Not apparent in previous slides of the Melpa (also spelled Medlpa) is the backside of the woman. The necklace hanging from her neck to her waist is proof of "payback" wealth. Bamboo strips are plaited into strips and added to the necklace as demonstration of generosity. Her backside has less strips of grass skirt covering her body from her waist to her feet. Instead, there are crimped leaves of the pandanus or palm plant from her waist to her knees.
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