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

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Tombage
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Arb001
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Nogullo Negritos / Nassau Mts. / photo by M W Stirling, 1926; Pygmy men at Tombage; Tombe
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War Bkgd. #9, plate 1, Nogullo Negritos of the Nassau Mountains, Central Netherlands New Guinea
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Tombage
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B064
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Rattan suspension bridge over upper Rouffaer River/Delo River
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Tombage
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B065
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Nassau Mts., bridge over Upper Rouffaer.
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War Bkgd. #9, plate 22, In the Nassau Mountains, Netherlands New Guinea; c: Negrito rattan suspension bridge
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Tombage
Filename:
X077
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Delo Bridge; Tombage
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The suspension bridge across the Delo River at Tombage. A pigmy man may be seen standing in the center of the bridge thus giving an idea of its scale. This picture shows particularly well the method of bundling the rattan cables and attaching the footpath. This is the only bridge crossing the Delo along its entire course. The Delo River here is a milk-colored glacial stream.
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Quote from Stirling Journal:
Across the Delo at this point, where it narrows between two rocky bluffs, is a rattan suspension bridge about thirty yards long. (Sept 27)


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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X078
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Delo Bridge; Tombage
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Another view of the same bridge showing in X 77 but giving a better perspective on its relation to the deep and torrential Delo River which at this point runs through a dark and narrow gorge. Above this point the country becomes tremendously rough and about a half mile above this bridge the river emerges from a tremendous gap in the mountain which constitutes an unusual spectacular scenic feature.
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X086
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Tombe; Tombage
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Tombage
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X096
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Tombage; 4 pigmy men at Tombage; men--costume
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Four pigmy men standing in the clearing at Tombage. The plants shown are sweet potatoes (taro). In the background may be seen a house on the side hill supported on upright posts. The man on the upper side of the group was bald-headed and is wearing an artificial wig made of string.
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War Bkgd. #9, plate 26, Negritos of the Nassau Mountains; c: men standing in a taro patch.
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X099
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Tombage; houses and men
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Two pigmy men at Tombage showing houses.
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Tombage
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X100
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Tombage; man standing by house
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Pigmy man at Tombage standing in front of a typical house made from split slabs of wood set upright and bound together with rattan.
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Tombage
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X102
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Tombage; pigmy houses at Tombage; houses and man
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Two houses at Tombage
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X103
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Tombage; group (family?)
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A mixed group at Tombage, showing different types of skirts worn by women and girls. Young women frequently wear on dress-up occasions a somewhat longer string skirt than the ordinary Pandanus leaf work garment. Such a skirt is worn by the second figure from the right. The hole in the foreground of the picture is the cooking hole. In the background may be seen a typical pigmy fence.
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X109
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Delo Bridge, Tombage; bridge across upper Rouffaer
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X112
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Tombe; Tombage; man--costume
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Pigmy man wearing an artificial string wig and net bag as headdress, standing in the midst of a taro patch at Tombage.
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War Bkgd. #9, plate 27, Negritos of the Nassau Mountains, Nogullo River; c: bearded man standing in taro patch wearing wig and net head covering
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X113
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Tombage; man--costume
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A pigmy man at Tombage. The pigmies are frequently quite hairy, having luxuriant beards, and frequently body hair is quite abundant as in the case of this individual.
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X127
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Tombage; Exp. camp
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Location Subject:
Tombage
Filename:
X131
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Matthew Stirling with "pygmies"
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Tombage
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Quote from Stirling Journal:
The village is 'Tombage.' (Sept 26)

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