Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0195.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Painting stripes on the body and arms is popular with many tribes in Papua New Guinea, as is the camouflaging of the face — whether by paint or masks. For many clans, the performers are not to be recognized. The dancers perform at ceremonies, including for Sing sings, paybacks, mokas, and spells to cure sickness traditionally. The men all wear large masks or paint their faces with the matching clays of white, blue—gray and red/orange. These dancers wear a waistband made of twisted fibers from which green leaves hang down, covering the buttocks. Each dancer wears a small cap that is colored with the same stripes as his body. The head dancer at the middle of the slide has a tall headdress of tail feathers from the Astrapia bird and dried grasses extending out from the sides of his bright red headband.
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