Papua New Guinea Photos

August 24 - September 7, 2001

Port Moresby    Madang    Kar Kar    Lower Sepik    Angoram    Mendan    

 

Ben    Pankin    Boisa    Goroka    Mt. Hagen    Tari

 

 

 

 

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Port Moresby Museum

 

 

Class Fieldtrip to the Museum

They begged me to take their picture.

 

The Madang Market.

The baby kept waiving till I finally came over.

 

 

Local Market Selling Beetlenut

Which Stains the Teeth Red

 

Balek Village

 

 

Watching the Villagers at Play on a Hot Day

 

 

 

Old Japanese Mitsubishi Bomber from 1944

This is just where it landed and it is preserved

 

 

 

MTS Discover

This Ship Cruises the Sepik River

 

 

Village Along the Sepik River

 

 

 

 

Kar Kar Island

I flew by helicopter to the island from Madang

 

 

New homes built on stilts 

to protect them from high tide

 

 

Gaubin Hospital Recovery Room on 

Kar Kar Island

 

 

Kar Kar High School: I taught the kids Ring Around the Rosies, Red Rover and Duck, Duck, Goose. Then we sand our National Anthems and they laughed  when I couldn't hit the high notes.

 

A Sing-Sing on Sarang Island with a 

Bamboo Band. I danced alot.

 

 

 

 

I was honored with the special woven headdress

by the villagers.

 

 

Handicrafts from the Mendam Village along the Sepik I came home with a very cool cane.

 

 

Local Transport on a Dug-Out Canoe

 

 

Famous Storyboards - This artwork tells stories & Fables of the past that are passed on through generations

 

A Local Mask. Notice the extensive details.

 

 

Mendam Villagers Saying Goodbye

 

 

Angoram Villagers Performing Traditional Dance

 

 

 

Having my face painted with mud clay.

It was great on my skin.

 

The final product took about 40 minutes. The necklace is worn during wedding ceremonies and I brought it home with me.

 

 

Bien Village Children and their Native Dance

 

 

 

 

Bien Village Community School

The kids were very proud of their tablets and essay books and wanted me to see their work.

 

 

They take much pride in their school work and they love to share what they are learning.

 

 

 

Kids learn very young how to navigate the river.

 

 

Pankin Village along the Sepik

 

 

 

Boisa Village along the Lower Sepik

 

 

Making friends with the locals.

 

 

Goroka - Eastern Highlands very colorful market.

 

 

Komenive Village

The round houses are for men and rectangular are for women.

 

Goroka - Mondo Village - Asaro Mudmen

This could be the most famous tribe in PNG. They are only found in Goroka. Legend says they were defeated into the Asaro River by enemies. When they emerged covered in mud, the enemy fled for fear the spirits had come to get them.

 

This mask of clay was so heavy,

I could barely keep my head straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Hagen - Western Highlands

Colorful Local Market

 

They love having their pictures taken.

 

 

 

 

Tari - Southern Highlands

Traditional Vine Bridge

 

 

Local Villager trying to sell bows & arrows

to bring money to his family.

 

 

Playing darts is a local pasttime.

 

 

Grave sight for a village chief or a healer.

 

 

Poroba Village - Huli Wigmen

They grow their hair to make wigs

 

The wigs are carefully formed and covered with red clay

 

 

They wanted my hair for their newest wig design.

 

 

 

I'll try one more time... Oh, why bother?

Well, it made them laugh really hard. I tried my best too!

 

A Modern Toilet

 

 

Luma Village - Chief

 

 

Wayaga the Clan Wife Working Hard in the Field

 

 

 

 

 

Pailara is the helper in the fields and the second wife. She is carrying the very heavy Billum bag on her head.

 

 

Lilena is the second child and walking her pig.

 

 

The family - Turume - Oldest Daughter, Wayaga - Wife, Elisa, Lilena - Second Daughter, Yabiria - Father, Aeana - Baby Boy

 

Tari Colorful Market and a bit overwhelming

 

 

 

It is common to see men holding hands and showing affection all over the country. They are open about their emotions and friendships.

 

 

These are men from the Burumai Village in the East Sepik and they are wearing Penis Gords. This is actually a postcard photo. The grander the shape, the more it is admired.

Ahhhhhh

Don't mess with me!

 

 

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