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Two Indigenous Women

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Title: Two Indigenous Women
Description: A young indigenous woman wearing a flower in her hair poses with an older woman who is balancing a basket on her head on Kiriwina Island in the Solomon Sea, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). Their only garments are grass skirts. The jungle is in the background. Robert Doyle wrote a caption for this image although it was not published at that time, "Yams are one of the principal items in the diet of Kiriwina natives. Yams are somewhat similar in shape and taste to sweet potatoes. They are carried home from the famous native gardens of Kiriwina in baskets of the type shown in the photograph. American soldiers and war correspondents often stop native women to take pictures of their yam baskets."

Image ID: 99570
August 18, 1943 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.
Subjects: Trees
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Portrait photography
Clothing and dress
Implements, utensils, etc.
Pacific Islanders

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