Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0398.HMC
Title:
Pig, Waiting For Slaughter for Wedding
Place:
Trobriand Group, Kumwegeia Village, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Color image of a large hog that has been hung on a large pole, suspended between two trees. Children stand around the hog, facing the camera. Domestic structure surrounding.

Children view a pig trussed for cooking, in anticipation of a wedding celebration in Kumewegeia village on the small Kitava Island of the Trobriands in the Milne Bay of the Solomon Sea. A man shoulders each end of the pole. They will carry the pig to the grilling pit. Pigs are eaten only on special occasions, such as, for "Big Man," pay—back, male initiation into manhood, wedding, funeral, or sing—sing.
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