Friday, 14 August 2009

The Hagen Show 2009


Bilas and all.

The Hagen Cultural Show is an event held every August. Groups gather from all over PNG. Dressing in traditional costumes, they dance and sing and perform. Each tribe or group has their own distinct type of dress which consists of face and body paint, feathers, shells, furs, and feathers. Really fascinating.

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  1. Love the flower face paint... very talented artist! :)

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  2. look almost like a golf tournament... haha j/k :P :)

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  3. interesting!! and bottles of water at such an event are $5 like here??? :P

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  4. i'm glad they are wearing loin cloths

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  5. love the pink mirror :D (if that's what that is)

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  6. Huli. From the Tari area. Very distinctive yellow face and wig of human hair (not doubt very hygenic).

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  7. Becky was looking through my pictures and she mentioned that the wig was made of real hair. I didn't know that at the time. Very interesting!

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  8. Yes, off with his head! Hee hee.

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  9. Wow. The Cultural Exhibits at the county fair definitely pale in comparison to this! Haha. What an interesting event. The time and effort put into their costumes shows how important their culture is to them. I saw a TV documentary not long ago about two NG tribes arguing over whether the life of their murdered chief should be compensated with shells or money. I think if I saw some of these folks coming after me, I would give them whatever they asked for! Superb photos!

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  10. Looks like a lot of smiley faces!

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  11. Are those actually made by hand out of mud? Maybe very clayish?

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  12. A later picture stated that the currency was "shells". So maybe 5 shells?

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  13. Yeah, probably more like mud-clay.

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