Dobodura Natives "Sing Sing" 6
"Assembly of Native leaders all in feather head dresses kneeling - for a group portrait Papua New Guinea Chief participants in big 'Sing Sing' in the area of Dobodura - New Guinea in their tribal finery feather head dresses" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Sing-Sing Dancers. Tribesmen and one woman (far left) in festive attire kneel with their drums during a New Year sing-sing. To enjoy a feast, to celebrate a marriage, to honor good luck, or to recognize success, tribes throughout New Guinea gathered in this manner to sing, dance, and feast. Throughout the war, these tribesmen, referred to affectionately by the Australian forces as "Fuzzy Wuzzies," befriended the Allies. Mostly, they served as packers carrying food and ammunition to infantry fighting in the jungle, then as stretcher bearers bringing wounded soldiers back from the front." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
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Dobodura, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill