Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Two Mendi women of the Southern Highlands pose with full refinery. Their faces are painted the traditional bright red, symbolizing fertility. Painted lines of lemon yellow (turmeric) divide the forehead between the eyes and nose. Their lower cheeks are covered with white clay decorated with blue dots. Braided headbands hold up the headpieces of the cuscus possum topped with bottom feathers of the cassowary birds. Each woman's neck holds many layers of trade store beads, seeds and woven strands of brown leaves. Each woman carries a bamboo stick. She tucks ferns into a waist band that is composed of layers of woven grasses. They wear bracelets of small shells.
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