Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
The rear view of members from one of many tribes living in the Wahgi River Valley in the Western Highlands province shows the various body coverings not easily available from the front view. Decorated waist bands of red, black and white, made from hammered bark cloth are strung with large white cowrie shells. The person to the right adds cowrie shells. In some tribes, the cowrie is a means of exchange for other products. The man on the left covers his back with bark cloth and cowrie shells but covers his buttocks with dried leaves. The center performer wears a natural colored beaten bark cloth from his neck to the middle of his back.
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