Image: Repairing sailing canoes, Mailu Island, Amazon Bay, PNG
Repairing sailing canoes, Mailu Island, Amazon Bay, Central Province, June 1921. V4487
- Frank Hurley
- © Courtesy of the Australian Museum
- Mailu Island, Amazon Bay, Central Province, PNG
Mailu men were traders who moved earthenware pots, shell ornaments, pigs and dogs, stone artefacts and other goods between communities on the south coast of Papua. During Hurley's visit the men were busy preparing their double-hulled sailing canoes for the trading season, which began in July and lasted until January. Each canoe had a crew of about six men.