Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Woman in Western Dress Preparing Sago
Papua New Guinea
A woman in skirt and t—shirt with brown head wrap holds onto a wooden pole, preparing sago. A thatched roof house in the background. A second person stands to the far left side just entering the image.

A woman in Western dress lives along the Upper Sepik River on Manam Island, in the Murik Lakes region. She prepares sago, a staple food of all of the Sepik River peoples and the most important food of the Highlands. Bark is stripped, soaked in water and beaten to remove the bitter taste. The pithy bark turns into white flour that is cooked with vegetables or made into porridge. A hollowed out log holds the sago in the time—consuming procedures.
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