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"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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Location Subject:
Papuans of Bisano
Filename:
W054
Captions [about captions]
C1:
N/A
C2:
Bisano; house
C3:
Family house. Two family houses and the men’s house at the village of Bisano in the Van Rees Mountains. The floor of the men’s house is elevated about 7’ above the ground level. The space under the floor is generally used as a lounging area during the heat of the day. Women are not allowed to enter this structure and do not approach it closely. However, small boys of any age are permitted to go in and out freely. Each morning at sunrise and each evening at sunset the men congregate and for a ten minute period make music with bamboo pipes which are cut after the fashion of organ pipes.
C4:
N/A
C5:
N/A
Quote from Stirling Journal:
There are nine houses in all in the village. (May 28)


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