Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Two men from the Komblo tribe in the Wahgi Village in the Western Highlands province outline their eyes with white clay, wear beards and mustaches that are carefully trimmed, and dab their bodies with the white clay with no discernible pattern. Their headdresses have various bird feathers — the red orange (some clipped and others complete) from the many varieties of indigenous parrots, the white—pink plumes from the Lesser and Greater birds of paradise, and black tail feathers from any of the hundreds of possible species. A fur headband from the cuscus marsupial or tree kangaroo is painted red. Little body decoration is done except for some dyed tassels and a few dog's teeth hanging from the neck. The man on the right wears a colorful bilum bag.
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