Travels in Papua New Guinea

Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer

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These were some men Amy was chatting with one rainy afternoon in a place called Yengisa where she went with David (the doctor) and Nancy (a nurse) for 3 days on "patrol" to run clinics and do tubal ligations. Yengisa is a remote place accesible only by Cessna flight (or foot).

In most places we visited, traditional dress is being edged out by secondhand Western-style clothing. However, even in everyday life, many of the men could be seen wearing feathers, shells, or other accompaniments to laplaps (loin cloth) and tanget leaves.

Photograph Copyright (c)2003 by Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer. All rights reserved.