Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0384.HMC
Title:
Boys Performing, Whistle Blower
Place:
Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Trobriand Group:

A group of young men and boys stand while performing in traditional dress. Building in the background. The young men wear thin grass skirts, arm and headbands.

Tall, lithe boys relax after their performance at the Kitava Community School. Others look at the visitors. Kitava Island is one of the Trobriand Group of small islands off the east coast of Milne Bay. Each week at the school, Kitava islanders wear their traditional dress and sing, dance, and tell the tales of their heritage. Both boys and girls perform, but separately. An albino stands in the back row, close to the one—story school. The tallest boy whistles for the group to return to the classroom.
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