Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0371.HMC
Title:
Houses with Laundry
Place:
Dobu Island, Papua New Guinea
Description:
D'Entrecasteaux Group:

Color image of rows of posts in the foreground with houses in the background that have lines of laundry suspended between tall palm trees.

The house on the left is either incomplete or having parts replaced. Two of the sides do not have bamboo strips to close them in. Sturdy bamboo grasses, growing around the house, provide sides for the houses as well as food. The thatch roof is made from palm fronds and stabilized by strips of bamboo holding down the layers. Fence posts separate out sections of the space for gardening. Clothing hangs drying on clotheslines between two houses. Tall bamboos and palms are plentiful.
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