Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0365.HMC
Title:
Market
Place:
Budoya Mission, Fergusson Island, Papua New Guinea
Description:
D'Entrecasteaux Group:

Shells, groupings of betel nuts, coconuts, and chambered nautilus shells are displayed on a cloth on the ground at a market.

Along the shore, villagers set up foods, shells, clothing, or anything that might be appealing to incoming persons. Simple mats are made from bark cloth, fiber made by pounding the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree into flat, thin strips that are layered and joined to make large cloths. A shelled coconut has many food uses. Favorite shells are the orange and white chambered nautilus for its beauty and the bailer (or baler), a large marine mollusk (sea snail) that has its name from being used by many native people and fishermen around the world to bail water out of boats and canoes. The yellow and green acorn—size fruit of the areca palm tree is widely used all over Southeast Asia, Melanesia and portions of Micronesia as a mild pick—me—up. It is usually chewed together with powdered lime and the leaf of a particular vine to produce the mild stimulant effect. When chewed, it turns the mouth deep red and rots the teeth. Its juices may also be used for dying fabrics.
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