Friday, December 17, 2010

A gift

A friend of ours named Mesley brought us a Christmas gift the other
day. He makes bamboo carvings and sells them as a way to earn money to
pay school fees for his kids. He cuts pieces of bamboo, blackens them
in fire, then scrapes the black away to make designs.

Last names or surnames do not have as much significance here as they do
in America. Typically a woman will use her father's first name until
she is married. Then she takes her husband's first name for her last name.

Papua New Guineans have a hard time pronouncing Laura so he wrote here
name like it sounds to him, "Roula". As you can see from the picture
Mesley assumed Paul was Laura's last name.


Joe Cowden said...

Those are beautiful. Can you imagine what he could make selling those over here!

Tamara said...

Hi! I really like learning about the culture in PNG. How interesting to learn about the tradition for names. Thanks for sharing.
I would be Tamara Peter. :)

Tamara said...

Hi, thanks for sharing about this gift. I like learning about the culture and it was interesting to learn about the name tradition.