Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Decorated Siding, Stairs, Housing Spaces
Upper Sepik, Manam Island, "Murik Lakes" Region, Papua New Guinea
Large stilted housing structure with thatched roof and staircase leading up to the front door. Woven exterior. Second thatched roof structure on the left with open sides. Palm and other tropical plants surrounding and behind.

House structures are similar with their thatched roofs, stilts requiring step ladders to get up to the first floor and walled section covered with palm tree leaves that are woven into intricate patterns throughout the Upper Sepik River. Housing in the villages along this section of Manam Island are more individualized. The house to the right has an overhang, protecting the stairs during rainy season. Space underneath the house is ample for work tables as well as storage. Log rails help persons walk up the step. Steps are pulled up into the house at night. Flowers are planted at the foot of the stairs. A sculptured board stands against a stilt. To the left of the house, people sit on the floor of an open structure.
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