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A Village from the Air
Nathanael took this photograph when he and I went up in the pay helicopter. I think it is located just on the other side of Hagen. It is obviously a fairly substantial village because of all the metal roofs and the large shed – probably used for coffee. The large expanse of blue that can be seen through the trees are tarpaulins used for drying the coffee beans on. When it rains they simply roll the tarpaulins up with the coffee on the inside.
Note the regular arrangement of the gardens. Apparently when white people first walked into the highlands a little over 70 years ago they were amazed with the highly developed agricultural practices. [See: Miksmasta bilong Jisas. Related photos: GSC From the Air, Waiting for Wages]