Making kambang (lime), Mioko-Palpal, Duke of York Islands

PA246936 DOY Making kambang (lime), Mioko-Palpal.A

"Kambang" -- lime for chewing with buai (betel nut) -- is an export of the Duke of York Islands to Kokopo, half an hour away by "banana boat" across the Pacific Ocean. Islanders collect coral fragments smashed off the barrier reef by the surf, "cook" it by burning in fires often fueled by driftwood, sort out stones remaining (a whole of family activity as seen here) then bag the lime for shipment to the market where it brings about 50 kina (=$22) for a 20kg rice bag (recycled rice bags find all kinds of uses and are a standard measure throughout PNG). PA246936


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