Volcano Eruption in Rabaul

By Marianne Benny Over some years ago, there was a coastal town in Papua New Guinea called Rabaul. It was a very nice and peaceful place and people were friendly. People from nearby provinces go there for holiday. Nobody worried about the volcano which was near them, they enjoyed themselves. Around midday, everyone was sittingContinue reading “Volcano Eruption in Rabaul”

Susan Karike: PNG Flag designer

By Jacintha Kerry In 1971, as independence approached; the people of Papua New Guinea were invited by the government to submit their designs for a competition to find the flag of Papua New Guinea. A committee of Parliamentarians from the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly toured the country inspecting the flag designs, hoping toContinue reading “Susan Karike: PNG Flag designer”

’George Washington’ and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel: legend-making in wartime Papua

By Dr Jonathan Ritchie and Gregory Bablis My colleague from the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery, Gregory Bablis, was unable to get to Finland to present his section of our joint paper and so I will read his contribution later in the presentation. To begin with, however, I will provide some preliminaryContinue reading “’George Washington’ and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel: legend-making in wartime Papua”

A living legend of a typical man

By Paul Minga You don’t know how excited l was as a typical Papua New Guinean when unexpected news reached me that l would be travelling to Australia. Such news when reached a typical man’s ears – it is indeed a heart throbbing news that sends a typical  into orbit in space or another planetContinue reading “A living legend of a typical man”

PNGDF Pilot Late Capt Peter Wanamp: Pride of the Tribe

By Paul Minga Another PNG’s very best pilot late Capt – Peter Wanamp Ansphill (Capt Sheriff) was a flag bearer of the Jiwaka people and the pride of Senglap tribe. Peter was a first son from the Waghi Valley to brush aside fear and risk that is imminent for any aviator likely to encounter over the flyingContinue reading “PNGDF Pilot Late Capt Peter Wanamp: Pride of the Tribe”

Peace and Harmony in my family

By Mary Eugenia I was not yet born when the Bougainville conflict began in 1989. When the Panguna mine shut down, my dad who was working there came back to Buin and married my mother. Like the rest of the young men during that time, he joined the Bougainville Revolutionary Army. I am the firstContinue reading “Peace and Harmony in my family”

We are one by blood

By JOSEPH TAMBURE – posted on PNG Attitude blog I’m black, I’m whiteWe’re one by blood Nothing separates how hard we tryI’ve same blood group as youSo we’re one foreverDialects, circumstances, boundaries,Standards, status don’t matter hereBorn same, die same, no differenceAnd we are one forever See same sun; walk same earthBreathe same air; sleep same sleepSoContinue reading “We are one by blood”

Preserving Papua New Guinea’s 850 Languages

By Noah Sheidlower – Borgen Magazine TACOMA, Washington — Papua New Guinea is considered the most linguistically diverse place on the planet with around 850 different languages spoken throughout the country. While English is understood by most of the population, the country has two other official languages. One language is Tok Pisin, a Creole language based on English, theContinue reading “Preserving Papua New Guinea’s 850 Languages”

PNG languages dying with each generation

By AAP and AG staff  Indigenous PNG languages are dying with each generation, and may only survive in ceremonies, experts say. WHO WILL SPEAK INIAI in 2050? Or Faiwol? Moskona? Wahgi? Probably no one, as the languages of New Guinea – the world’s greatest linguistic reservoir – are disappearing in a tide of indifference. Yoseph Wally,Continue reading “PNG languages dying with each generation”