Kiriwina Island

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Yam houses
Yam houses
In island culture, the humble yam is like gold. They’re not only the staple crop on Kiriwina, but also items of great cultural and spiritual importance that play a role in all major life events. Yam houses, which are used to store the yams, act like banks; they’re so important that they’re painted with distinctive patterns in red, black and white and decorated with strings of shells.

Head to Omarakana to see a spectacular example of a yam house. This is where the island's paramount chief, who reigns over the island’s oral and magic traditions, lives; when paying your respects, be sure to keep your head lower than his and take a small gift or cash.
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Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea