Image: Gogodala widow, Totani village, Western Province, PNG

Gogodala widow, Totani village, Western Province, PNG

Gogodala widow, Totani village, Aramia River, Western Province, PNG. December 1922. V4900

Photographer:
Frank Hurley
Rights:
© Courtesy of the Australian Museum

Notes

This widow wears a veil over her head and holds a large fish trap.Gogodala mourning ceremonies began with a feast for the deceased person and relatives putting on special mourning costumes, which they wore all the time while carrying out their daily tasks. They only removed the costumes after an elaborate second feast, usually about one year later. The mourning costumes were then burnt.

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