In some parts of Papua New Guinea you can still use certain shells as currency. The Tokua Culture group clearly held shells in high esteem as each wore multiple layers of shell necklaces that rattled as they danced.
There were a few singsing groups from the Asaro Mudmen tribe. The men and boys were always covered with grey clay and wore the iconic masks, while the women were covered in brown clay. In this group, the women also had yellow and orange polka dots on their faces.
The Andase Singsing Group of Kainantudis. Simple natural tones created using leaves, grasses and shells made up their traditional dress.
The Kunai Culture Singsing Group with their red, black, white and yellow face paint gives them one of the most distinctive looks of the Goroka Show.
Interesting to see another cultural parallel between Papua New Guinea and Okinawa. And remember, “Whoever holds the conch gets to speak.”
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!
Three shots of the same boy from the Kowampi tribe. He had this half smile on his face, and was standing amongst a group of women.
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.