Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Homes Near Springs
Dei Dei Hot Springs, Fergusson Island, Papua New Guinea
Group of stilted thatched roof structures surrounded by low green grasses on the ground. A single large tree trunk is seen in foreground to the left side of the image. There are three most prominent structures with others off to the background.

D'Entrecasteaux Group.

Fergusson Islanders build their homes and work shops on stilts because of the heavy rains and frequent flooding. Thatch roofs, made of available plant materials, are necessarily replaced frequently. Fergusson Island is the largest of three in the D'Entrecasteaux group of islands in Milne Bay Province near the eastern tip of New Guinea in the Solomon Sea. Birds of paradise, hawks, eagles, parrots and lorikeets abound in the lush vegetation and mountains. Their calls are heard but most of the birds remain well hidden. Large bird wing butterflies of iridescent blues and greens land on passersby.
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