Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0255.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
These Highlanders are individualized in their dress and body decorations, choice of feathers and amount of body coverage; however, there is a consistency in their choice of colors and lower body covering. Faces are painted with white, red, and yellow. Some wear the bottom half of their faces in bright red. Others have white clay with narrow bands of red and yellow. Head bands are personalized: white nassarius shells, thin bands of twisted fibers of different colors. Hair is mostly covered with plumes and feathers from the many bird species. Some wear frontlets of cuscus marsupial fur. Both men and women wear long skirts made of dried river grasses. A few carry flutes.
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