Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
In some Highlands tribes, the men completely cover their heads so that they are unrecognizable during ceremonial presentations. Some use charcoal, considered a symbol of bravery and virility. This individual hides his upper body. His legs are painted with charcoal. From his buttocks to the tip of his head he wears a structure made from sticks covered with dried mosses and a few white feathers. He appears transformed into some sort of man—bird. His head is topped with the plumes from a cassowary bird. His fingers are tipped with bamboo tubes that resemble the feet of a bird. White beads encircle his camouflage. Along with a few strands of beads hanging from his thighs he wears strips of plants.
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