Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
A series of men carry standards more than twice their own height with tall black feathers of the Astrapia bird which make each structure even taller. White chicken feathers around the top of each standard. Commercial or vegetable dyes are used to form designs in brilliant primary colors of red, yellow, blue and green. No two standards are the same. Their bodies and faces are decorated in much the same way. It is likely that they are from the same area of the Highlands. Each carries a kundu, a hollowed—out drum that has snakeskin or lizard skin over one end. Glass beads on their chests match the colors on their standards. Wide red waist bands at their waists match the bright red in their standards.
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