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Huli boy - Mount Hagen Papua New Guinea | by Eric Lafforgue
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Huli boy - Mount Hagen Papua New Guinea

The men-with-wigs are the members of the Huli tribe. It is the most famous famous tribe of Papua New Guinea. They are called like that because they make wigs from their hair. They live close to Tari city in the center of the Papua New Guinea on the top of the Highlands. Most of the hulis are civilized but a part of them still lives a traditional life. For their singsings (the local names for the big events) the men come back to their indigenous customs. For these occasions, even the city of Tari is suddenly filled with aborigines dressed in short skirts and traditional wigs richly decorated with feathers. They paint their faces, usually with yellow, red, and white decorations like you can see on the picture.

Hulis are warriors.At the beginning of the year 2010, the tribal fights even start to bother the economical development. Police was deployed the Southern Highlands province to contain an ongoing tribal war which has troubled the ExxonMobil gas pipeline project. The operations of were badly affected by the fights which started in jaunary 2010. The fights caused 11 deaths and the destruction of more than 270 houses.

Papua New Guinea , Highlands, Mount Hagen festival singsing


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Taken on August 19, 2007