Mealtime Beckons to Home
Papuans in New Guinea’s highlands trudge up slopes scalloped with gardens en route to fresh, hot meals of taro, yams, pork and perhaps bananas. New Guinea highlanders, wary of earthquakes and the landslides they unleash, prefer to reside on the crests of ridges, despite the added toil of lugging provisions and water uphill. Small circular houses conserve warmth on windy, rainy nights a mile or more above sea level. Careful scrutiny of this scene reveals four villages or sets of huts—two on each side of the gorge (one in the foreground and another behind it).