Village Life 1

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Livelihoods: Fishing nets hang from thatch hut in a seaside village. Coconuts and bananas occupy the background.

There are very few offices and companies where villagers in Papua New Guinea can get employed and so their lives almost totally depend on the natural resources around them.   The jungle provides meat, sago, and materials for their shelter; the nearby river or sea is the source of fish or related livelihoods and is the main transportation network between villages or between the village and the nearest market.   Life in the village is simple and leisurely but can also be very difficult.

Jessie T. Ponce Photography
Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Palm House: Whole houses can be made of coconut palm and other 'bush materials'

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Palm Weavers: Village women weave coconut fronds into thatch roofs and walls

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Backyard Kitchen: Salvaged materials can become incorporated into the house such as the the window and water tank in this household

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Rain Collector: The rain is an important source of potable water but thatch roofs are not good for this purpose so steel sheets have to be used as 'rain collector'. In this house, an old tank is used to store water collected from a few corrugated sheets.

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Tropical Crops: Some seaside villagers also plant bananas and other crops but only on a subsistence scale.

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Sago Vendor: Sago is still the most common staple food. In this village, a woman packs and cooks sago in banana leaves and sells them to other villagers.

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Simple Living: Life in the village is generally uncomplicated and so villagers can always afford to while away their time.

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