A few shots of the various Koteka worn by men of one tribe at the Goroka Show. I can’t find the name of this tribe in my notes so if anyone knows please tell me!
Members of the Eyarokawe tribe had wonderful interesting faces, and their headdresses reminded me of Tina Turner. I believe the tusks in their mouths are from wild boar. The young kid above, would probably win the award for most adorable child in Papua New Guinea.
The boys of the Mingende tribe. One of them was all smiles, but the others were taking things very seriously.
Rolling your own cigarettes seems to be the way to smoke in Papua New Guinea. It also helps with the recycling of the local newspaper.
Goroka is a town in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It has less than twenty thousand residents and is accessible from Port Moresby by plane. Coffee is the main cash-crop, and the town is most famous for the 3-day Goroka Show in mid-September. The Goroka Show is a gathering of tribes from all over Papua New Guinea. In 2013 there were around 120 different Sing-sing groups participating. I’d seen some photos online of the festival and so made the journey from Okinawa to Goroka specifically to take some portraits of the various tribes. I took the Pentax 645D camera, the 645 35mm wide-angle and the new 645D 90mm macro. I mainly used the 90mm for portraits. Because it’s a macro lens, I was able to get up close and personal.