Decorated men at Boulia, 1908

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When: 01 January 1908

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Creator: Unidentified.

Location: Boulia, Queensland.

Description: Two bearded Aboriginal men from the Pitta Pitta group, with traditional costumes and body paints. Both men have a long headdress with feathers at the end and standing in front of a tree.

One man is wearing white clay to decorate his body with a belt and string loin cloth made of human hair, while holding two spears with a spear thrower held in his belt.

The other man has a leather belt over his shoulder and bird feather down as his body decoration and is holding a boomerang in one hand and shield in the other. His has a cloth belt to holding either fur or plant loin cloth.

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