Gorgor bilong stopim pait

Ol tumbuna save yusim dispela Luhu (gorgor) (Plate 2-1, 2-2) bilong kolim olgeta samting olsem pait, kros, posin, sanguma na marila. Yu ken stopim na kolim long dispela. Em i kol tru, yu ken kolim marila. Olgeta samting i mas i gat gorgor insait. Long gaden mipela planim bilong stopim ol binatang kam kaikai lip bilong taro o wanem samting. Bipo ol tumbuna save stopim pait wantaim dispela samting. Luhu ai em man bilong stopim posin o pait. Patuki yet wokim olsem. Tewel bilong man kam givim yu...

Decorating Abroma augusta skirts

This unidentified tree is known as Kako'ping in Nekgini (Plate 1-10, 1-11). The bark is used to boil the red dye for decorating the string skirts made from the Abroma augusta vine. Women boil the bark with a red flower called Ataki'taki (Plate 1-12, 1-13) as well as the bark of the Ropie tree (Plate 1-14) to make the dye. Women have a particular way of making the dye. They get up before dawn and collect the ingredients together and take them to a secluded space in the forest. They must not eat...

Asarsing Euodia hortensis How babies grow

When a child is born to Nekgini speaking parents, the baby is immediately secluded, along with the mother, in the marital house. People in Reite hamlets emphasise that the subsequent restrictions on movement, and involvement of the mother's kin in ending this seclusion, are especially important for first born children. Parents of the child observe strict restrictions on food they consume. The Wanpela meri Sorang bin bihainim dispela wara na kamap long haus bilong tupela man. Em stretim haus...

Ol piksa long List of figures bukand plates

Map of Papua New Guinea showing the Rai Coast area of collection. Graun bilong ol Reite na ol Finisterre Maunten long baksait, 2009. Reite lands with the Finisterre Mountain Range in the background, 2009. James Leach na Porer Nombo, Reite Yasing, Desemba 2008 (poto Rohan Jackson kisim). James Leach and Porer Nombo, Reite Yasing, December 2008 (photo by Rohan Jackson). Sangumae Nombo paitim skin diwai bilong wokim blanket bilong tumbuna (bukuw). Sangumae Nombo beating the pith of Ficus robusta...

Tanim tok bilong Glossary ol Tokples Nekgini

Sphaerostephanos sp., fern used to stop blood flow Dichapetalum sp., vine used to 'block the road of taro' Spathiostemon sp., shoots used to treat an enlarged spleen or jaundice yusim plaua bilong wail taro bilong bilasim tambaran wild taro, flower used to decorate the spirit paraphernalia yusim lip bilong mekim kambang kamap ples klia Pipturus argenteus, leaves used in divination smel purpur bilong wasim pikinini na planim long ai bilong gaden Euodia hortensis, aromatic herb used in rituals...

Bone and joint pain

Laportea decumana Plate 3-26 is a stinging nettle used for joint or back pain. The affected area is rubbed with this red-leaved nettle. The skin will swell as a result of the nettle but the joint or bone pain will disappear. When the stinging vine Pueraria lobata Plate 4-7, 4-8 scratches your skin, the Laportea decumana nettle soothes it. Plate 3-26 Uli tokai Laportea decumana 17. Laportea decumana Urticaceae , salat, nettle.