Wantoat Visit April - May 2005

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Anna enjoyed reconnecting with her village friends
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Her village brother was happy to cook her sweet potato again
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She liked hanging out with her village grandparents
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She couldn't get enough rides in her new cardboard car
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Watch out! She is mobile now!
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Going on a walk with Daddy
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She began learning how to carry a bilum
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Her friends are very inventive in creating their own toys
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Becca discovered the hard work involved in harvesting coffee. First you pick each bean by hand.
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Then each person contributes what they have picked to the larger bilum
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A bilum full of coffee can weigh over 50lbs.
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This machine takes the outer hull off the beans
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Then you have to wash off the sticky pulp
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The final step is to dry the beans
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Danny helped to dig a deep hole for our septic system
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This is part of the breathtaking trail to visit the series of dams the people built on the mountainside
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Along the trail this boy found a leaf almost bigger than he was
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Pictures can't fully capture how steep and slippery the trails were
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The wall of this dam is under construction
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This completed dam is about the size of a backyard swimming pool
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Each dam requires a massive amount of labor to construct
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In this photo you can see two of the fourteen dams that formed this complex series
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Anna enjoyed the outing
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Back at Ukarumpa we gave Jonathan, Becca's brother, a huge yam. This is an important Wantoat custom.

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