Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Highlands women of an unidentified province perform separately from the men. Each wears the kina shells symbolizing wealth, the dog teeth and necklace of white nassarius shells that are filed to be the same size. Their heads are adorned with feathers from various parrots and bower birds with dried grasses or plumes from the Lesser bird of paradise and tall black tail feathers of the Black sicklebill. White cloth armbands and waistbands contain leaves and mosses. Each woman paints her face individually, some with bright red, others with small red circles with surrounding white dots. Some paint white lines down the cheeks. Their bodies are variously painted with red and black.
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