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dancers, Papuan Day show, Port Moresby

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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3664 viewings on 12 May, 2016.

While living in Port Moresby, Papua, in 1967-9, I had the opportunity to attend the Papuan Day show which was a “sing-sing” – people from local tribes performing their traditional songs and dances wearing traditional costumes.

These men were from the Mekkio tribe. Their headdresses were feathers and woven and dyed plant fibre, necklaces of shells. The drums were made with snake or lizard skin.

The Papuan people, in their everyday life, worked in various areas including government clerical jobs, trades, hospitality, police, banking etc.

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