32. Standard 3, Nanu River Primary T School, 1968

The teacher is Yaling Banguk from Madang. The boy directly in front of the teacher with what appears to be light-coloured skin actually has a bad case of grille, or tinea imbricata, a common condition in the Sepik. An effective remedy I saw in the Sepik, rather than taking the nasty and expensive griseofulvin tablets, was the very frequent application of leaves from a common yellow-flowered bush. An S.I.L. worker, who happened to be a pharmacist, and whom I met later in Maprik, identified it in the pharmacological survey of village remedies she managed to put together while attending to her linguistic work.

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