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Kouta’uya and his houses.
Author:  Bronislaw Malinowski

Image No.:  482
Code No.:  E06V10-Malinowski-pl38

Approx. shoot date:  
Circa 1917
Date uploaded:  
May 26, 2006

Orig. File Size:  115 MB
Original Media:  Printout

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Place Papua New Guinea – Trobriand Islands. Sinaketa.
Description This late 1910s photograph, taken by Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, shows Kouta'uya, a Trobriand Islands chief in his mini-compound of local architectural types. He is posing in front of a decorated yam storehouse. Behind, on the left, we can see a lisiga, or house for his personal use, which was different to the houses to be shared with each of his wives.

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