Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
These highlanders cover their greased faces and bodies with red paint. Their demeanor is calm. Their costumes of dark hammered bark cloth with a few leaves at their arm bands and backs are somber. Their hair and sculpted beards are neat and westernized. Only the feathers of the cassowary bird on the left man's head and large pink plume of the (Count Reggi's) bird of paradise on the other emit any exuberance. The man on the right wears boar's tusks punched through his septum. A single strand necklace of white nassarius shells and a part of the cuscus marsupial fur complete his decoration. Both men wear red paint on their cheeks and small splotches of red and yellow on their cheeks.
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