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This type of roofing is widespread in lowlands and coastal areas, the materials are not available in the highlands.

The panels are made by removing the midrib from a sago frond and then sewing the leaf part onto a long stick.

Where do people say samapim morota and where do they samapim lip saksak?

See original Mihalic entry.

Samapim morota, Londolovit village, Lihir, New Ireland Province, c. 1995.

Noun forms

  1. House construction: thatch panel made of sewn sago palm or nipa palm leaves samapim lip saksak
    pasim morota to fix sago thatch panels onto a house (lowlands and coastal areas only)
    samapim morota to make thatch panels

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