Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0297.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Enacting a warlike ceremony, men, possibly of the Simbu (Chimbu) Province, are decorated with wide white, gray and orange clay stripes on their bodies, arms and legs. Painting stripes on the body and arms is a popular form of body art in many tribes in the Highlands Provinces, as is the camouflaging of the face — whether by paint or masks. These villagers also match their head caps in the gray—white and orange clays. For many cults, the performers are not supposed to be recognized. They perform at ceremonies, including for paybacks, mokas, and spells to cure sickness traditionally. Highlanders form a column, singing and dancing while playing their kundu hour—glass wooden drum that has no covering piece on its end. Leaves hang from their waist bands. In the background is another group, holding up their dancing shields.
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