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Papua New Guinea & Sydney – Sean Caffrey Travel Photography

This past September, I was able to witness the Goroka Sing Sing in Papua New Guinea. It is quite a spectacle; ethnic groups from across the Highland provinces come together at Goroka to preform traditional dances and dress in traditional costumes. After spending several days in and around Goroka, I traveled to an isolated region of the East Sepik Province on the Karawari River. The only way to get there, reasonably quickly, is by a chartered flight that lands on a grass covered landing strip carved out of the jungle. The people of this region have an incredibly interesting culture. It wasn’t too long ago that the coming of age rituals required boys to participate in head-hunting raids and drink the brain soup made out of their victims. I finished my stay in Papua New Guinea in the Southern Highlands province, near Tari. This is the home of the Huli Wigmen. The Huli are known for their wigs, yellow face paint, fierce tempers, and the bird of paradise feathers they wear on ceremonial occasions. How many people can say they have visited a wig making school run by a Huli shaman? Although Papua New Guinea has a reputation of being a dangerous place, it is really only the cities and the villages that are near to the mining and liquified natural gas projects that have serious issues. Once you get away from these area,s the people are friendly and very interesting.

On my way home I stopped in Sydney for a couple of days. It was nice but not nearly as interesting as Papua New Guinea.

More images ( PNG /Sydney)

Goroka
Tribal woman with red face paint and feather headdress playing drum at Goroka sing-sing (Tokua Culture Singsing Group)

Huli Wigmen with body paint and ceremonial headdress performing at Goroka sing-sing

Hornbill beak necklass on Huli Wigman

Tribal man with yellow face paint and bird of paradise feather headdress at Goroka sing-sing (Omena Singsing Group)

Tribal man with red and blue face paint and bird of paradise feather headdress at Goroka sing-sing (Tokua Culture Singsing Group)

Tribal man with red face paint and feather headdress playing drum at Goroka sing-sing (Tokua Culture Singsing Group)

Boy at Goroka show in body paint wearing butterfly wings.

Tribal man with red face paint and feather headdress playing drum at Goroka sing-sing

Tribal boy with red face paint and feather headdress at Goroka sing-sing (Tokua Culture Singsing Group)

Tribal boy with paint and feather headdress at Goroka sing-sing

Tribal man with yellow face paint and feather headdress at Goroka sing-sing

Tribal women with red, white and blue face paint and feather headdress at Goroka sing-sing (Tokua Culture Singsing Group)

Young boy in  Omena Singsing Group performing at Goroka show

Asaro Mudmen mask

View of Wahgi Valley

Digicel store in Mount Hagen

East Sepik Province (Karawari River)
View of Karawari River at sunset from Lodge.

Village of the Yokuim tribe on Karawari River

Boy from the Yokuim tribe leaning on the Kundiman Village Blood Stone.

Kundiman Village of the Yokuim tribe

Little girl sitting in the doorway of a hut in Kundiman Village (Yokuim tribe)

Sago pancakes

Young children siting on stairs in Kundiman Village hut (Yokuim tribe)

Girl climing down stairs of hut in Kundiman Village (Yokuim tribe)

Woman in canoe on Karawari River.

Young boy in canoe on Karawari River.

Woman fishing on Karawari River.

Woman with child cooking sago in Karawari village.

boys in a dug out canoe (Kombrob tribe)

Girl in body paint.

Girl and mother in body paint.

Boy walking in village

kombrob boys in body paint

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Skulls inside spirit house

Karawari River

View of Karawari River from lodge

View of Karawari River at sunset from Lodge.

Southern Highlands Province
Huli wigmen wearing ceremonial wig sitting next to stream in jungle near Ambua lodge.

Huli wigmen wearing ceremonial wig sitting next to stream in jungle near Ambua lodge.

Path in jungle near Ambua Lodge.

Huli wigmen wearing ceremonial wig in front of waterfall.

Huli wigmen wearing ceremonial wig sitting next to stream in jungle near Ambua lodge.

Huli Wigman in cerimonial wig and traditional face paint.

Huli Wigman in ceremonial wig and face paint.

Huli Wigmen in ceremonial wig and face paint.

Huli wigman with twig through nose.

Huli wigman with ceremonial wig in hut.

Huli wigman with ceremonial wig in hut.

Huli wigman smoking pipe.

Huli wigman smoking pipe.

Huli woman in villiage

Pigs

Huli man at wig school.

Huli wigman at wig making school washing hair.

Huli men at wig school.

Hornbill beak on back of Huli man.

Waterfall near Tari Lodge.

Waterfall near Tari Lodge.

Stream near Tari Lodge.

Sydney

Sydney harbour Bridge with Opera House Opera House from Sydney Harbour Bridge at night Sydney Opera House Roof Roof of Sydney Opera House Sydney harbour Bridge and Opera House Sydney harbour Bridge and Opera House Hyde Park Barracks Museum Hyde Park Barracks Museum Queen Victoria Building roof Cockatoo in Royal National Park Sufer, Bondi Beach Sydney harbour Bridge Sydney harbour Bridge Sydney harbour Bridge with Opera House and ferry Sydney Harbour Bridge at Sunset Sydney Opera House at night from Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney Opera House at night from Sydney Harbour Bridge

2 comments

Johanna Wildeman on November 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm Reply

all I have to say is W0W where you have been, what you have seen and been part of your photography and yes I believe you are one of very few that has seen and done what you have. Its really pretty amazing and you should be very thankful that you have been able to do it. Congradulations

caffrey.sm@gmail.com on November 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

Thanks Johanna, I do feel blessed that I have been able to travel to so many interesting places.

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