Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0351.HMC
Title:
Typical Stilt Thatch Roof Homes with Storage Underneath
Place:
East Cape, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Two thatched roof structures with gardens in the foreground of the photograph. A narrow dirt path runs through the center between the two structures.

Fergusson Island is one of the three D'Entrecasteaux group of islands in Milne Bay Province near the eastern tip of New Guinea in the Solomon Sea. One walks through a small traditional settlement area, known for its produced and traded clay pots as well as the Kula exchange with other islands on sea—going sailing canoes. The islands are volcanic with active hot springs, such as Dei Dei. The housing is composed of vertical poles supporting the thatch roof. The floor is raised from the ground and used for storage and domestic animals.
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