National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Photographs by Captain Frank Hurley THE WANIGELLA BEAU EMULATES THE FRETFUL PORCUPINE Incessant saturations of coconut oil and accumulations of dirt make the male coiffure a stiff, grimy mop, not unlike a clump of small black stalagmites. Frequently a piece of palm fiber is knotted onto the end of each curl, producing the bizarre effect seen here. When the owner of such a hirsute masterpiece wishes to rest he props his head up on a tiny wooden pillow. A PAPUAN HEIRESS DISPLAYING THE FAMILY JEWELS Love of personal adornment ischaracteristic ofboth the men and women of New Guinea. Necklaces, armlets, and earrings of shells, teeth, or bone, as well as featherdecorations, are much inevidence. They are family heirlooms passed on through the unmarried generations and dis carded after marriage. Agay feather, aflower, or astring of shells is commonly worn throughahole intheseptum ofthe nose.