Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0402.HMC
Title:
Mentally Ill Villager? Mixture of Clothing
Place:
Trobriand Group, Kumwegeia Village, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Group of villagers, one individual wears a multicolored grass skirt while the others wear nontraditional western dress. Ten people in all including men, women, and children. Building behind the group of people.

Kumewegeia villagers look forward to infrequent visitors. They set up items to sell them and entertain with song and dance, often in full ceremonial costumes. The ten people stand outside of a house with sides of bamboo stalks and a thatch roof. They are variously dressed. The woman in front wears a traditional skirt of dried river grasses that have been dyed with vegetable dyes. A woman holding a child on the far right has a river grass skirt that has been dyed with commercial colors. The other villages all have western clothing. Usually, that is indicative that there is a Christian community on the island that maintains a school for children.
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