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A Febi girl in traditional adornment

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Title: A Febi girl in traditional adornment
Author(s): Photographer: David R. Eastburn, 1949-
Description: Photographer's note: The isolation of the Febi people is reflected in the traditional self-decoration of this girl in her early teens. The only evidence of links to the ‘outside world’ is a few strings of tiny Italian-made ‘trade beads’ around her neck and forehead. Her personal adornment consists of grey ‘Jobs-tear’ seed (Coix lacryma-jobi) crossed chest bands, a cowrie shell necklace and a beaten-bark cape suspended from her head and wrapped around her waist. After around age 7, both girls and boys have their nasal septum pierced to accommodate a bamboo plug. This photograph was shot in a Bulong longhouse, approximately 1.5 kilometres SE of the resurgence of the north branch of the Liddle (Dogomo) River (marked as ‘rapids’ on 1: 100 000 Karoma map sheet 7386). Universal grid reference: 54M XU454573. (144 19 E. 5 49 S.)
Other Identifiers: ANUA 717-2


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