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Everyone in Papua New Guinea seems to carry a machete - children included. At a young age they learn how to handle these sharp tools. Machetes are used when in search of food and to cut trails through the dense forest.

Whilst walking the Kokoda Track our porters and guide all carried them to cut back vegetation and to help create steps in the steep terrain.

This photo was taken at Menari village on the 3rd day of our 8 day trek. The Kokoda Track passes through the battlefields of one of the bloodiest campaigns of WW2 where 3000 Japanese and 600 Australians lost their lives.

In a workshop I am showing a group of people boarding a plane including a porter with a machete.

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  • Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 859 W: 98 N: 1396] (8626)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-08-16
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4.9, 1/75 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2009-02-17 14:00
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