Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Complex headdresses of Kaluli, from the Bosavi region of the Southern Highlands, are made up of interlinked split cane or rattan hoops wrapped in bird feathers and cloth. Tail feathers of the white cockatoo surround the hoop with pink plumes from the Raggiana bird of paradise at the top. Body coverings include strands of river grasses hanging from the dancers' back with a few additional colorful leaves on the shoulders. Faces are painted with black masks with white clay around their eyes. The same pattern is used on their arms. This particular headdress is part of a man's costume in the "koluba," all—night ceremonies in which the dancer in motion is seen as a man in the form of a bird.
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