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Blue Sea Star Schooling Baitfish Papua New Guinea Water

I'm really thinking about going back to Papua New Guinea and taking some photo-friends. If you're interested, get on our Newsletter. Note we'll have to have you sign wavers out the wazoo. It's not the safest place in the world... but the photography there is amazing. You can visit the Papua New Guinea category here on the site if you want to see more photos.

 

- Trey Ratcliff

 

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I saw all kinds of natives in various costumes, but none as hot as this. To me, they look like some kind of Rastafarian Chewbaccas. It's kind of like Chewie+Dreadlocks, eh? And it was absolutely sweltering outside. I was dressed in my Albert Schweitzer cargo shorts (not sure if he wore shorts, but if he did, he'd be wearing these) with a light t-shirt, and I was just dripping in sweat. I can't imagine what these guys felt like in these walking carpets.

 

- Trey Ratcliff

 

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Papua New Guinea or Amsterdam?

© Eric Lafforgue

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Every year at Mount Hagen, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, the biggest reunion of tribes in the world takes place. In a region where the first white man was seen in 1930, traditions are still strong, and the pride of the tribes takes precedence over modernity. Created in 1964 by Australian colonials to pacify the tribes, there's still a possibility of a confrontation, but these days take place in the shape of singing, colours and incredible garments...

“Armed carjackings, assaults, robbery, shootings and serious sexual offences, including rape, are common in Papua” warns the Foreign Office travel advice to travelers! But once you are in the place, you can meet the most incredible tribes in the world. The “Men bilong pait” (the Warriors) ,the” pipels” (the women), and the “pikinini” (the children) are all celebrating. Hundreds of papus are gathering themselves for the Singsing. It’s in open air, but you feel like being backstage in the latest fashion show in Milano or Paris as men paint their faces in red,yellow,white,black, women take grass to make skirts or kilts and cover their bodies with clay, mud, or even pigs fat! Old wise men are building the giant headdresses made of eagle, parrot and bird of paradise feathers. Each feather is packed in newspaper, to protect them from insects. It takes hours… Some warriors wear also marsupial jaws as necklaces! “If you do not have jaws, you can put dogs teeth, it works too” they told me!

Papua New Guinea , Highlands, Mount Hagen festival singsing

 

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

“Armed carjackings, assaults, robbery, shootings and serious sexual offences, including rape, are common in Papua” says the Foreign Office travel advice to travelers!

The papua tourism office has a hard work convincing more people like me to come to PNG!

Once a year takes place in Mount Hagen the biggest tribal meeting, called a singsing.

The “Men bilong pait” (the Warriors) ,the” pipels” (the women), and the “pikinini” (the children) are all here. Hundreds of papus are preparing themselves for the Singsing. It’s in open air, but you feel like being backstage in the latest fashion show in Milano or Paris as men paint their faces in red,yellow,white,black, women take grass to make skirts or kilts and cover their bodies with clay, mud, or even pigs fat!

Old wise men are building the giant headdresses made of eagle, parrot and bird of paradise feathers. Each feather is packed in newspaper, to protect them from insects. It will take hours…

Some warriors wear also marsupial jaws as necklaces! “If you do not have jaws, you can put dogs teeth, it works too” they tell me!

Bones, shells, pigs tusks, or twigs are put in the noses. I meet a Highlands warrior who has gave up the traditional shell that he used to put in his nose, and now uses an electrical meter!

Papu like to put a modern touch in their jewels or decorations, as we like to put some tribal stuff in our so called designed houses!

 

Now it’s time for parade. All the tribes are marching. It’s a mix of sounds and sights, not a love parade, rather a war parade!

The Mount Hagen festival was launched by the Australian colonial governor in 1964, to promote peace in the country.So…The warriors simulate fights! But the stone axes, the arrows, the shields, the spears, the bludgeons are real! There won’t be any violence during the festival, but everyday, tribal fights still take place, with guns instead of axes, and people die…

You can hear war songs, drums, and the tribes start to march in circle, in column, or in line .

The tribes keep on dancing until sundown, and have to listen to an endless speech from a local political while the few tourists go back to their hotels, stoned by the loudspeakers noise!

 

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan from No. 35 Squadron flies over New Britain during Operation Hannah in Papua New Guinea.

WW2 Japanese Donryu Bomber in Madang, Papua New Guinea

Eglu Narko, from Chimbu men tribe. With mud on his face to celebrate a death. - Papua New Guinea , Highlands, Mount Hagen festival singsing

 

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

        

A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan from No. 35 Squadron flies over Kokoda during Operation Hannah in Papua New Guinea.

Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Josh Baker from No. 35 Squadron checks flight data during a flight on a C-27J Spartan as part of Operation Hannah in Papua New Guinea.

Lonely Planet Magazine commissioned me to create a set of maps for the current issue - this is an illustration for their Papua New Guinea feature.

 

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Tari - Lodge Ambua

 

Tari Is the centre of Huli country in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. It is the second largest settlement in the province, and accessible by road from Mendi.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tari,_Papua_New_Guinea

  

interesting to read:

www.townandcountrytravelmag.com/vacation-ideas/best-vacat...

We first met at Rondon Ridge, a new eco-lodge outside the town of Mount Hagen, the capital of the Western Highlands Province. The lodge's twelve rooms are immense and extremely comfortable; floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to the wide green Wahgi Valley, an amphitheater of rain forest–covered mountains draped in tendrils of cloud and mist. When I walked into my room, a sweet little wooden pig with a welcome note was waiting on my pillow. My first dinner started with delicious ginger-tinged watercress soup, which was followed by perfectly cooked venison, a salad of native greens and coffee-and-cream pavlova for dessert. Solar-powered electric blankets kept us warm during the cool nights, and piles of fluffy towels awaited us after every shower. But it's here, near the rain forest, in the clear mountain air full of the scent of woodsmoke and vibrating with a symphony of cicadas, birds and owls, that I realize I'm finally back in the magical land that has haunted me since my girlhood. Watching the fat equatorial sun turn pink, scarlet and then bloodred as it sets over the Wahgi Valley, I wonder if I could ever get enough of this place.

 

Komoa Beach, Papua New Guinea

 

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