From Flying Fowl House to Spirit of Kokoda: The long and continuing journey of Papua New Guinea’s Ford Trimotor

20 October 2020 ANDREW CONNELLY AND GREGORY BABLIS Just inside the front gate of the PNG National Museum & Art Gallery (NMAG), next door to Parliament House, Independence Drive, Port Moresby, sit three historical aircrafts, a Lockheed P-38 fighter, a Bell P-400 Airacobra, and the subject of this paper, a Ford 5-AT-C Trimotor with manyContinue reading “From Flying Fowl House to Spirit of Kokoda: The long and continuing journey of Papua New Guinea’s Ford Trimotor”

‘Tok-singsing’: Giving Back to PNG

20 October 2020 MICHAEL DOM “It is a home-grown literature that will amplify the creativity, culture and spirit of Papua New Guineans. But, lacking the required support, literature has not emerged in PNG as an influence capable of playing its vital role in education, in nation building or in people’s lives” – Keith Jackson AM, ‘The chasmContinue reading “‘Tok-singsing’: Giving Back to PNG”

Hurting after their divorce

20 October 2020 Liceanne Utah New Erima Primary School, NCD – SINCE Papua New Guinea is into this so called gender-based violence, no one cares about what’s going on in the minds of children when parents are separated or divorced.Family is all that matters to children. They wish that they would have a happy normalContinue reading “Hurting after their divorce”

An Abortion She Regretted

20 October 2020 Korina Posikei New Erima Primary School, NCD – THE last thing she saw was the ceiling light. She was injected with something and the room started spinning and growing smaller and then she suddenly fell asleep.She woke up with pins and needles all over her body, she could neither talk nor feelContinue reading “An Abortion She Regretted”

For God, Country or What? Nepe Kumanyal’s War

19 October 2020 Gregory Bablis The PNG National Museum & Art Gallery’s Oral History Project and Military Heritage Project are essentially a national search for common identity, and dare I say, a national consciousness, in a country where divisive diversity is the norm. The former does so through a blending of different stories while theContinue reading “For God, Country or What? Nepe Kumanyal’s War”

Caroline Evari: ‘Choose to rise above every circumstance….’

19 October 2020 Betty Wakia BETTY WAKIA: Why did you decide to call your recently published collection of poems, ‘Nanu Sina’? CAROLINE EVARI: ‘Nanu Sina’ simply means ‘my words’. I chose this title because, as you read through the book, you will notice most of the poems are basically my own thoughts related to my personalContinue reading “Caroline Evari: ‘Choose to rise above every circumstance….’”

Names and Titles: The Right Honourable Sir William MacGregor, GCMG, CB, AM, PC, FRSGS in Papua

19 October 2020 By Gregory Bablis The impact of Papua New Guinea’s (PNGs) recent history of European contact is most tellingly conveyed in the place names, street names, and names of geographical and natural features in the country. From the Bismarck Sea and the numerous hafen’s (German for port or harbour) between the Morobe andContinue reading “Names and Titles: The Right Honourable Sir William MacGregor, GCMG, CB, AM, PC, FRSGS in Papua”

Tok-singsing: danis bilongyumi iet

19 October 2020 Michael Dom Strangers teach you to sing songs and march to a drum that they own To reject your garamut, your kundu and the stilled speech of wood Their soporific chorus dulls your mind and cheats your Black soul. Sijo on loss of culture (O Arise, 2015) It is recognized that mostContinue reading “Tok-singsing: danis bilongyumi iet”

The Historicity of Orality

19 October 2020 Papua New Guineans must unite to create their own history. Papua New Guineans must speak to establish their own history. Papua New Guineans must write to establish their own history. Papua New Guineans must dare to create to make their own history. – – Bernard Mullu Narokobi, 1980 GREGORY BABLIS History isContinue reading “The Historicity of Orality”