Image: Hanuabada and Elevala villages, Port Moresby, PNG
Hanuabada and Elevala Villages, Port Moresby, National Capital District, PNG, 1921. V4404
- Frank Hurley
- © Courtesy of the Australian Museum
- Port Moresby, PNG
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.