Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0291.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Four Samo tribesmen from the Nomad River area of the Western Province pose in full regalia of previously initiated men who cure the sick during the Bohora ceremony. Each wears a hoop—shaped headdress adorned with white cockatoo feathers or white heron with interspersed russet plumage of the Raggiana bird of paradise. Above it, each dancer wears headbands of the cuscus marsupial or tree kangaroo. Arms, faces, chests, and legs are carefully painted with dark brown designs outlined in white clay. Waistbands made up of twisted plant fibers are painted with undulating bands of white and brown. A short apron follows the same color pattern. Streamers of shredded palm leaves cover the backside, from neck to bare feet.
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