Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Mary Cohen watches the Suli Muli tribesmen from the Wabag district of the Enga Province, the second most rugged province in PNG. The men make their wigs from their own hair. The distinctive round wig is topped with sicklebird feathers. In this photo, the men's skin is blackened with blue color added to the tree oil or pig's grease that makes their bodies shine. At the very top of the feathers, they have a single white feather, possibly from a cockatoo. Their puffs of leaves at their waists resemble birds. Waist bands of nassarius shells hold up the small aprons of dried grasses and mosses.
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