Papua New Guinea
PHOTOGRAPHED BY IAN LLOYD NEUBAUER
Colorful sing-sing gatherings in Papua New Guinea give the local tribes the chance to strut their stuff in dramatic, traditional costumes. One of our photographers managed to capture some of the action.
Published on Nov 10, 2014
Posted on November 10, 2014
Movers and shakers
In southeastern Alotau—site, incidentally, of the first World War II Japanese land defeat—dancers are accompanied by the beat of the lizard-skin kundu drum.
In sing-sings, Guinean tribes gather to show off their distinct cultural traditions, dance and music. The largest such events annually are the Mt. Hagen show in August and the Morobe Show, above, in October.
A fiery hello
The dragon dance is the traditional welcome ceremony of Watam village, near the mouth of the Sepik River on the north coast. This head dancer leads 11 others in greeting guests.
No boar-ing performance
Pigs are status symbols in Papua New Guinea. Tusks are worn to show rank and wealth, and, during sing-sings, are clutched between the teeth to give the illusion that they're growing from the mouth.