GUAVA: "Mimish," bead or shell money


GUAVA: "Mimish," bead or shell money

Reference Number




c. 1938


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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Photos for use in Boug (Photocopy Notes Inside) (DO 0937-DO 0968)