Biak Natives, Long Canoe
"Two Liberty Ships and an LC1 behind a native large canoe with a sail, at Biak" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Boat Antithesis. Stabilized by outrigger, assisted by sail, four Biak men paddle their large wood canoe on Soenggarai Bay. Praised for their first-class seamanship, these Biak natives may be traveling here by wai mansusu (a battle canoe) or by wai ron (a trading canoe). Hill wrote Martha that 'still cameras can't show the slow rhythmic grace of the great canoes as they move around.' In the background, a diesel-fired Liberty Ship rides at anchor." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Biak, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill