Travel Photography Essay – The Tribes Of Papua New Guinea

The ritual begins with the lighting of a fire to welcome the arrival of masked warriors.
Asaro Mudmen Tribe – Goroka, Central HIghlands, PNG

This travel photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer Polly Rusyn.

 

Images from “Travel Tales – “Papua New Guinea” by Polly Rusyn.

 

Although our Western dress, customs and lifestyle couldn't be further from those of the remote tribes of Papua New Guinea, the universal languages of friendliness, curiosity and humour cross all boundaries. Hagareto Tribe - Goroka, Central Highlands, PNG

Although our Western dress, customs and lifestyle couldn’t be further from those of the remote tribes of Papua New Guinea, the universal languages of friendliness, curiosity and humour cross all boundaries.
Hagareto Tribe – Goroka, Central Highlands, PNG

With skin covered in a red paste made from berries wearing leafy armbands and with bodies adorned with necklaces made from seashells and pig tusks, a young man are ready to perform in a 'sing-sing'. Barim Tribe - Madang, East Coast, PNG

With skin covered in a red paste made from berries wearing leafy armbands and with bodies adorned with necklaces made from seashells and pig tusks, a young man are ready to perform in a ‘sing-sing’.
Barim Tribe – Madang, East Coast, PNG

 

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These tribal headdresses are made from highly prized bird of paradise feathers, worn by both men and women in the performance of a traditional 'sing-sing' - tribal story-telling through singing and dancing. Hagareto Tribe - Goroka, Central Highlands, PNG

These tribal headdresses are made from highly prized bird of paradise feathers, worn by both men and women in the performance of a traditional ‘sing-sing’ – tribal story-telling through singing and dancing.
Hagareto Tribe – Goroka, Central Highlands, PNG

The warriors arrive stealthily creeping into the village, skin grey from dried mud, arms adorned with leaves and flowers; and incredibly heavy clay masks with grotesque faces covering their heads. Asaro Mudmen Tribe - Goroka, Central HIghlands, PNG

The warriors arrive stealthily creeping into the village, skin grey from dried mud, arms adorned with leaves and flowers; and incredibly heavy clay masks with grotesque faces covering their heads.
Asaro Mudmen Tribe – Goroka, Central HIghlands, PNG

 

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A strong sense of community comes across in each village visited as if all are one family living together and striving for the good of the whole. Barim Tribe - Madang, East Coast, PNG

A strong sense of community comes across in each village visited as if all are one family living together and striving for the good of the whole.
Barim Tribe – Madang, East Coast, PNG

The young are indoctrinated into the ancient ways of the Asaro Mudmen from an early age and take part in the tribal rituals that symbolize warriors in battle. Asaro Mudmen Tribe - Goroka, Central HIghlands, PNG

The young are indoctrinated into the ancient ways of the Asaro Mudmen from an early age and take part in the tribal rituals that symbolize warriors in battle.
Asaro Mudmen Tribe – Goroka, Central HIghlands, PNG

Seashells, leaves and feathers all make for brightly colored tribal outfits. Hagareto Tribe - Goroka, Central Highlands, PNG

Seashells, leaves and feathers all make for brightly colored tribal outfits.
Hagareto Tribe – Goroka, Central Highlands, PNG

 

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This is the face of an innocent young boy who probably has no idea that the Western world exists with its gadgets and its rat-race obsessed with commerce... Barim Tribe - Madang, East Coast, PNG

This is the face of an innocent young boy who probably has no idea that the Western world exists with its gadgets and its rat-race obsessed with commerce…
Barim Tribe – Madang, East Coast, PNG

Considered to be some of the fiercest warriors the Huli are most noted for their flamboyant wigs made from their own hair, harvested throughout their lives and worn with great pride dressed with flowers and bird of paradise feathers. Huli Wigmen Tribe - Tari, Southern Highlands, PNG

Considered to be some of the fiercest warriors the Huli are most noted for their flamboyant wigs made from their own hair, harvested throughout their lives and worn with great pride dressed with flowers and bird of paradise feathers.
Huli Wigmen Tribe – Tari, Southern Highlands, PNG

 

See also:

Street Snaps Colour

Street Snaps Black and White

By Polly Rusyn

 


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