Image: Hanuabada and Elevala villages, Port Moresby, PNG

Hanuabada and Elevala villages, Port Moresby, PNG

Hanuabada and Elevala Villages, Port Moresby, National Capital District, PNG, 1921. V4404

Photographer:
Frank Hurley
Rights:
© Courtesy of the Australian Museum
Location:
Port Moresby, PNG

Notes

The Motu people of the Port Moresby area built stilt villages over beaches with the houses linked by walkways above the sea. Here, an outrigger canoe lies in the foreground and, just beyond it, is the large hull of a sailing canoe. Each year, Motu men lashed together several large hulls to make the canoes in which they sailed to villages in the Gulf of Papua where they traded earthenware pots and shell valuables for sago flour and new canoe hulls.

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