Sunday, 24 June 2012

#7. CANOES - (Includes Papua New Guinea expedition)

Chance encounter - canoe was transporting a politician to another island. Following small pictures are obviously from Papua New Guinea, plus larger 'launching canoe' at the foot section.  Included for a comparison.  Pictures taken in 1972.

Man on the rudder

 Arriving at destination

In the lagoon
Married couples

Big pig

Kapingamarangi

HQ scan (November 2014)







  









PAPUA NEW GUINEA 1972
John Harding (self) made a documentary film in 1972 off the east coast of New Guinea which showed this canoe, highly decorated, with white cowrie shells. I sailed aboard this boat for an hour.  This was a year or two before New Guinea became independent from Australia.  Maybe I should add some additional pictures here?  These hand-made canoes have become rare today.
Decorations!


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