Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
In the background, a group of men with tall pointed headdresses poses for a tourist photographing them. In front, two highlanders ready their costumes. To the left, one wears a cap woven from stripped leaves with the fringe of a cuscus, an opossum—like marsupial. On his chest and waist, he wears multiple strands of Job's tear seeds and small white cowrie shells. To his right, the man also wears multiple strands of seeds and shells crossing his chest and at his waist. His head covering is that of the head of a cassowary bird with its thick down of feathers. Both men have daubs of red paint on their cheeks. Significance of color varies from one group to another. Meanings are often secret.
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