Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Bomai wear the ceremonial body decoration for warriors, mostly charcoal black made shiny with tree oil or pig's grease, covering the entire body, including the face, arms and legs. They chew a mild narcotic of betel nut mixed with lime that turns their teeth and gums bright red. Their costumes are sparse. Each wears feathers of the various birds typical of the highlands but mostly painted black. Headbands vary from twisted plant fibers to skins from the cuscus marsupial. Single strands of Job's tears seeds are worn at the shoulders. Small grass skirts complete their costumes.
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