There were more men in penis sheaths. They were selling bows and arrows, local river fish, Birds of Paradise feathers sewn onto headgear, as well as locally grown tobacco.
Many of the older women, selling vegetables or knitting string bags, seemed to have stubby fingers! — Leprosy sprang to mind until I found out later that one of the more unusual of the Dani customs is to amputate a woman’s finger joint after a loved one dies. Although this is now outlawed, we still saw several women with fingers missing down to their second joint.
We moved around the valley in local buses in order to experience the colorful local culture — We shared extremely crowded bus rides with women suckling babies, snotty-nosed kids, feather-decked men, and sacks of sweet potatoes. The women usually have a stretchable string bag carried on their head, and in it would be filled with vegetables, or a baby, or even piglets, depending on their agenda for the day.
Both genders usually have smeared red lips and black stained teeth, from chewing betel nut from areca palm and lime. And they love cigarettes, so we bought a packet of cigarettes to pass around.