PICTURES: Hand Stencils Through Time

PICTURES: Hand Stencils Through Time
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In parts of Papua New Guinea, artists today continue to maintain age-old traditions.

Anthropologist Nancy Sullivan has been studying limestone caves that sheltered hunter-gatherers in the Karawari River region until the 1970s. The caves' artistic works, including these hand stencils, link the hunter-gatherers directly to their ancestors.

Sullivan's work has been partially supported by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration.
—Photograph courtesy Nancy Sullivan
 
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