Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0079.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Men from this Highlander group have all chosen tall black feathers of the Astrapia bird and various red feathers of bower birds, birds of paradise and parrots. Others add tan dried grasses to their headdresses. Several have chosen different body coverings. Each wears long strips of cloth. Some are white. Others are a mixture of blue and white. On top of their skirts they add bunches of leaves from the pandanus screw pine, coconut palm, or of reeds that are cultivated in ponds and ditches, then flattened and dried. Their skin—covered wooden drums are open on one end and are individually painted.
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