Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
A group of ten Mendi women of the Highlands valley dance at the sing—sing. They hang bilum bags from the tops of their heads. Short stripped dry leaves cover both the front and back of the body. Various Highland groups paint their bodies with red. Some tribes believe that wearing red paint helps with fertility for both men and women. Feather headdresses vary in this tribe. Women make the bilums from knotted plant fibers for the men and themselves to carry many things, such as, veget5ables, fruit, wood, household goods, babies and suckling pigs. Some are designed with extensive decorations. Each person selects fresh leaves, dried water plants or mosses for the skirt.
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