Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0036.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Various tribes compete for designing the most extravagant standards. The heavy structures require dancers of the group to assist them in putting them onto the ground. Milling around are other tribesmen watching each group of performers. An onlooker on the left wears a large bright red and black bilum bag. Men use the bags to hold ancestral relics in the Men's House Shrine. Women weave the string bags from twisted inner tree bark and use them to carry children, small pigs, foods, and firewood. The low buildings in the background house the tribes for their stay at the festival.
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