Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Chambri Lakes region off of a tributary of the Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
A typical haus tambaran (men's spirit house) along the Sepik River has a roof that is woven in many layers of thatch. The front of the haus has a tall rectangular opening with a woman standing at the doorway. In most villages women are not permitted inside. The structure is about twelve feet from the well—cleared ground. A log ladder leans up towards the small platform before the door opening. A large face decorated with kina shells and brush hangs over the door. Children and adults stand on the bare ground beneath the house.
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