Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0204.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Highlanders of this village are not wearing ornate ceremonial decorations. They have covered their bodies with pig's grease or tree oil and painted their faces with dabs of red paint, probably juice from the seeds of the pandanus palm tree. Their bodies are sparsely covered with crimped strands of palm leaves. A few strands of Job's tears seeds are criss—crossed on their backs. Their heads bands are mostly white chicken feathers and a few tufts from a parrot's breast. Each carries a musical instrument. The man at the front holds his large flute made from a long, straight hollowed out log. A flute can be 8 to 10 feet long. Small ones of bamboo are seen by the rest of the performers. Sacred flutes are played at initiation ceremonies ad other solemn, secret rites.
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