Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0462.HMC
Title:
Sing Sing, Body painting, Grass Skirts
Place:
Upper Sepik, Manam Island, "Murik Lakes" Region, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Group of men in traditional dress dance. Center figures play drums, one has wooden drumming pole. A boy watches in the background from up in a tree.

Villagers of Manam Island off the Upper Sepik River in the Murik Lakes Region, prepare a sing—sing for the visitors to the island. The woman on the right has tattoos on her back and wears long strands of small white cowrie shells hanging from her neck and on her wrists. One large cowrie dangles from her arm band. A grass skirt of multiple layers is composed of dried and dyed river grasses. Several of her fellow dancers carry large bundles of the natural river grasses. Some of the performers wear white clay designs on their faces. A man in the center, holding a long stick beats his garamut drum. He has intricate designs painted in white clay on his arms and legs. A few paint their faces also with red markings. One man at the back right wears a tall black headpiece that is topped with white and black feathers. They are all are held on securely with a white headband of many rows of cowrie shells. Some performers splash orange clay on their bodies.
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