Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Minj men and women of Chimbu province wait to perform. They are dressed for a marriage ceremony. Gleaming bodies are oiled with pig's grease or tree oil and faces are painted with red cheeks and eyelids, outlined with white dotted lines. Strings of white shells and glass beads hang from their necks, along with skins from the cuscus marsupial. They wear wrist bands, also skins from the cuscus, strings of white beads match the armbands, waist bands, and a single plume of white feathers from a bird of paradise. Headdresses of red parrot feathers are further heightened with the long tail feathers of the black Astrapia bird. Pandanas palm leaves, hanging at their backs, complete their adornment.
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