National Geographic : 1962 May
Elfin grin of an elder welcomes the author to a Baliem village. Despite chill in the Highlands, the oldster wears only head feathers and a curling gourd. Left hand shows missing finger joints that he chopped off in mourning when relatives died. cook a nuptial feast elders prepare a pig feast on the village com mon. Men in center split carcasses while others heat rocks that will be packed in a pit between layers of meat and foliage (ex treme right). Women in foreground pick over entrails for edible bits that they will wash and share with everyone. At dusk the girls are wed, the steamed pork is unearthed, and the feasting begins. Because living pigs are valuable to these people as symbols of wealth, they seldom kill the animals except on festive occasions.