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

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Brown River
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Expedition canoes ascending the Brown River, a small tributary of the Rouffaer which enters that stream from the south bank a few miles below motor camp. Papuan houses and canoes in the background. The natives on this stream were very hostile.
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Brown River
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Papuan houses with breadfruit trees along the Brown River, a small tributary which enters the Rouffaer from the south a few miles below motor camp. The houses made of the midribs of sago palm leaves are typical of the lake plain area. At the time of our visit the natives were extremely hostile.
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Brown River
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mid river; man
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Group wearing boar’s tusk forehead ornaments standing under a banana tree. This picture was taken near the mouth of the Brown River. These Papuans are very shy of the camera and were quite difficult to photograph.
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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...we reached the mouth of our little coffee colored river. We turned into it and found it to be a veritable dream of tropical beauty. (July 27)


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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Papuan houses on the Kirikai; river (Brown); Brown River
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Brown River
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Papuan house on the Rouffaer; Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown River
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Brown R; man on the Kirikai (Brown) River
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Brown River
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Brown River; man crouched in undergrowth
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Two Papuan men from the middle reaches of the Brown River. These Papuans were very shy and difficult to photograph. The men shown in the picture have just come from the underbrush to pick up some gifts that we had left lying at the edge of the clearing. They snatched the presents and immediately ran back into cover. These people, in common with most of the Papuans of the Upper Rouffaer as a rule, are completely nude. Their bows and arrows are similar in construction to those of the entire western Lake Plain area. The bows are made of palmwood with strings of rattan and are frequently decorated with feathers, usually the crowns of crowned pigeons.
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Brown River
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Brown River; le Roux and 3 papuans
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Brown River
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Brown River; canoes
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Brown River
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Brown River mid Rouffaer; Rouffaer River
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Quote from Stirling Journal:
Here they seem more timid and more friendly when they overcome their fears enough to approach. (Aug 1)

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