Children of Papua 11

Jessie T. Ponce Photography


A bit shy and conscious of our presence, these four boys posed at the foot of the stairs of  their house on stilts in a village near Kiunga in the Western Province of PNG.  The eldest has reddish teeth apparently from chewing betel nut.  Areca palm, whose fruit is the betel nut and whose trunks are also used as material for house construction, grows in abundance in rural areas.   But betel nut chewers are also common in urban areas of Papua New Guinea including in the capital, Port Moresby, where betel nuts are being sold along the sidewalks at almost $1 each.