GUAVA: "MIMISH," BEAD OR SHELL MONEY
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Online Reference Number: 00.0843
Place: Bougainville, North Solomon Islands
Document Type: Black & White Photograph
Category: Bougainville, Handicraft, Head-wear, Mimish, Nasioi, Neck Bands, North Solomon Islands, Panguna, Shell Valuables, Trade, Persons, Unidentified
Date: Circa 1938
Slide Number: DO 0944
Collection: Photos for use in Boug (Photocopy Notes Inside) (DO 0937-DO 0968)
Envelope: PHOTOS FOR USE IN "Boug: a personal history and Black Islanders"; Note on back: "GUAVA: "Mimish," bead or shell money, continues to be used in some parts of Bougainville for ceremonial purposes and for payments of bride-money and as part of land purchases. Shell money is made in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, and traded into Bougainville villages by several stages. These villagers are Nasioi from mountain villages close to the mine development at Panguna."
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Photograph record edited by Alan Vandermyden at 2012-01-17 13:46:13
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