Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea [37 Pics]

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea- Goroka - Festivity of Independance

Papua New Guinea – Goroka – Festivity of Independance
Head decoration with feathers of pigeons, Birds of Paradise, parrots, and other exotic birds. Many shell decoration on the neck is a sign of prosperity. Shells were formerly used as money exchange. It is especially valued when it is a wedding gift from the husband. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert


Introduction

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth, with over 850 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies, out of a population of just under seven million.

The PNG Constitution expresses the wish for “traditional villages and communities to remain as viable units of Papua New Guinean society”

The word papua is derived from pepuah, a Malay word describing the frizzy Melanesian hair.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most heterogeneous nations in the world. There are hundreds of ethnic groups indigenous to Papua New Guinea, the majority being from the group known as Papuans, whose ancestors arrived in the New Guinea region tens of thousands of years ago. Many remote Papuan tribes still have only marginal contact with the outside world.

The Goroka Show is definitely happening of the year. Thank you very much to Rita Willaert who gave us special permission to use her fantastic images. [37 pictures]

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Kakonaru - Southern Highlands

Papua New Guinea – Kakonaru – Southern Highlands
Sing – sing – Spirit dance – The Huli tribe. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - The Mudmen

The Mudmen – Goroka – Papua New Guinea – Festivity of Independence
Yeah, well placed in the scene for the independent party. They belong to a tribe, an ethnic group, the mudmen. Neighbors scratch each other’s names and dressed themselves in thevictims ‘spirits’ and were dancing on the ground. The Papuans really do believe in spirits and their deceased ancestors are kept very much in honor. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Green Hillside Fields - Road

Papua New Guinea on the world map

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka

Goroka – Papua New Guinea – Festivity of Independence

The Goroka Show is a probably the most known tribal gathering and cultural event in Papua New Guinea. It is held every year close to the Independence Day (16th September) in the town of Goroka. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Tari Habu

Tari – Habu

With men of the Huli tribe, we see how some men get dressed in the traditional style and taste. Tari Is the centre of Huli country in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. It is the second largest settlement in the province, and accessible by road from Mendi. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert


Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka

Goroka – Papua New Guinea – Festivity of Independence

About 100 tribes arrive to show their music, dance and culture. This festival started in the mid 1950s from the initiative of missionaries. In recent years it became an attractive tourist destination because it is one of a few opportunities to see the traditional tribal culture. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Green Spiderman

Goroka – Green Spiderman

These days the Goroka show is partly a tourist event, but it’s a rare opportunity for travellers to experience the customs of over a hundred tribes that populate the Papua New Guinea highlands. During the course of the weekend the tribes gather for music, dancing, showing-off and extraordinary displays of tribal rituals. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Drum

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Goroka – Drum

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Yellow Face

Goroka – Yellow face

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea -Goroka Festival - Red face and shell necklace

Goroka Festival – Red face and shell necklace

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea- Black with Red dots

Goroka – Black with Red dots

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Yellow, orange Headpiece and huge plates for necklace.

Goroka, Yellow, orange Headpiece and huge plates for necklace.

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Black and White with Red Eyes

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Black and White with Red Eyes

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Ornament - the bill of a hornbill

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Ornament – the bill of a hornbill

Hornbills are a family of birds. Hornbills are found in Africa, Asia and Pacific Northwest. The bill, much to those of the unrelated toucans reminiscent, in many species is brightly colored. Their impressive size and colour have helped make them a part of local tribal cultures and rituals. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Black and Red face with matching headpiece

Goroka – Black and Red face with matching headpiece

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - wigmen of the Huli people

Palua New Guinea – Poroiba – Wigschool
The wigmen of the Huli people aren’t like Western toupee manufacturers. They are wizards who only work with people who have fine heads of hair.
What a traditional wigman does is use ancient magic to make hair grow faster than normal so it can be cut off and turned into a wig. Evidently, magic – like hair restorer – doesn’t work if the hair is long gone.

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - De Biami Tribe

Goroka – De Biami Tribe

The tribesman suggests a forest spirit for those under the spell of a giant snake. This tribe lives in the parent-racy forests of the Western Province. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Red, Pink, white with blue dots, explosion in color

Goroka – Red, Pink, white with blue dots, explosion in color

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - fertility decoration

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Goroka – Fertility decoration
 Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Half yellow with fertility decoration

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Half yellow with fertility decoration

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea  - Goroka - The singsing group of Mount Hagen

Goroka – The singsing group of Mount Hagen from the back

Note the white painted legs. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Goroka - The singsing group of Mount Hagen from the front

Goroka – The singsing group of Mount Hagen from the front

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Goroka - Head decoration with the feathers of the Bird of Paradise

Goroka – Head decoration with the feathers of the “Bird of Paradise”

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Goroka - Head decoration with fur of exotic animals and feathers of the bird of paradise

Goroka – Head decoration with fur of exotic animals and feathers of the bird of paradise

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Goroka - Fur skirt and bone necklace

Goroka – Fur skirt and bone necklace

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Goroka - Head decoration made from feathers of the bird of paradise

Goroka – Head decoration made from feathers of the bird of paradise

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Striped yellow face

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Striped yellow face

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - musical instruments

Goroka – musical instruments

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Drummers

Goroka – Drummers

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Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Red and Yellow

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Red and Yellow

A very powerful face. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert


Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Woman - black face paint with white eyes

Woman – black face paint with white eyes

Corpulent women by this ethnic group are well appreciated. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Drummers

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea – Drummers

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Red painted backs with colorful skirts

Goroka – Red painted backs with colorful skirts

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Goroka - Orange Head decoration with white feathers

Goroka – Orange Head decoration with white feathers

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert


Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea - Goroka - Decorative shield

Goroka – Decorative shield

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

Backside of a dead decoration with fur of exotic animals and feathers of the bird of paradise

Backside of a dead decoration with fur of exotic animals and feathers of the bird of paradise

Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert




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8 Responses to Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea [37 Pics]

  1. Jodi June 13, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Colorfully fascinating! Thanks for these amazing photos.

  2. Aleina June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Fantastic ..Spectacular post.

  3. Evelyn Heyl June 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I spent 36 years in PNG and have been to many of the Shows. These photos are wonderful, but the information about them is not correct, especially about the Goroka Mudmen. They are actually called Asaroka Mudmen as they come from the Asaroka Valley in Goroka. A hostile tribe chased them into the valley. They went into the Asaroka river, covered themselves in mud and came after the other tribe as ghosts and made them flee.

    • madhavi March 12, 2012 at 4:51 am #

      what is the composition of these traditional/native/tribal face paints? can one make them. I really want to know, I live in berlin and only have access to online info, and could only find costume face paint info avaliable commercially. thanks

  4. elena johnson September 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    that wasa the best

  5. Helen Moore January 3, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    amazing beautiful people and photos..love them

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