Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
60. This Highlander probably from the Mt. Hagen area carries his kundu, an hour—glass shaped wooden drum. The massive headdress requires a structure made from split cane or branches from trees so that it can support a series of different sections. The central man in this photo wears a layer of fur from the cuscus marsupial similar to an opossum. Above that is the first structure that is repeated layers of wings from the iridescent green scarab that are woven together with twine from a plant. The beetles carry a potent neurotoxic alkaloid that makes the skin and feathers of the Variable Pitohui bird. His skirt of many colored strips of dyed bark cloth is further embellished with crimped leaves from a large pandanus plant.
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