Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
A tribe from a Goroka village of the Eastern Highlands province identifies itself with a placard in Pidgin English. Each participant carries a standard banner on his back. The banners are easily 2½ times the height of the men. Each standard is made up of elaborately painted bark—covered bamboo frames carried on the backs of the sing—sing dancers in cultic dances. Each bulky structure is usually destroyed or decayed when the ceremonies are over and replaced when needed for another ceremony. The colors for each group are usually the same but the designs are individualized. Early designers of the banner standard were the Wantoat tribesmen who live in the Morobe area, along the Markham River. Many groups have created banners but their designs, colors and shapes are distinct. Dancers in this group match the colors in the banners with the chest fabrics. Feathers in their headdresses are the brown, black and white feathers as painted on their banners. They further decorate their bodies with crimped palm and pandanus leaf fronds.
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