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2010-07-11 08:00:36
Traditionally, the natives of Papua, New Guinea used tribal adornment, including face-painting, to prepare for tribal wars. Warriors would do this in preparation for war and other villagers during pre and post war ceremonies. Traditionally, children were not involved. Now that tribal wars, cannibalism and human sacrifice are things of the past, face-painting and tribal adornment continues during festivals, holidays and special presentation for visitors. Children have become involved. The original face paints were made of clay colored in various ways. Whites with calcium carbonate, blacks with charcoal, reds with betel nuts and yellows with uranium salts. Blues, greens and purples are all of more recent origin. While all of the tribes stick to their original colors, others have come into use at some of the "tourist" festivals. The blue colors on this girls face are an indication that this is not "traditional" coloration, but rather a more modern rendition for one of the tourist festivals.