Hollandia Native Homes 2
"Humbolt Bay Local Homes" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Native Homes, Humboldt Bay. Hill and two other Photo Section men persuaded an officer on the Russell Sage that they needed to document 'squadron history.' Accepting this ruse, the captain allowed the three photographers to go ashore with the 'Pig Boat' -- a motorized launch used to ferry men and supplies between ship and shore. On one of those trips, the photographers persuaded the 'Pig Boat' skipper to drive close to these native homes. Perched on piling and scaffold above the salt water, this architecture protected coastal native peoples from hostile interior tribes and gave easy access to their fleet of dugout canoes used for traveling, fishing, and trading." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Hollandia, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill