When culture & commerce clash – a new novel about PNG

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 14 December 2014 PHIL FITZPATRICK ‘The People of the Bird’ by Mike Jelliffe, Nenge Books, November 2014, paperback, 200 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-9925620-0-7, ebook ISBN-13: 978-0-9925620-1-4. Order online for $11 (plus postage) here  or email Nenge Books here THERE are two stories in Mike Jelliffe’s debut novel, The People of the Bird.Continue reading “When culture & commerce clash – a new novel about PNG”

Ples Singsing i tok PNG Authors for PNG Readers

MICHAEL DOM – Ples Singsing Masterminds On Monday 7th December Engan author Daniel Kumbon launched Victory Song of Pingeta’s Daughter, a 400-page book which attempts to trace the history of the Wabag district and Enga Province in general. Keith Jackson AM on the PNG Attitude Blog also tweeted that “PNG history has most often beenContinue reading “Ples Singsing i tok PNG Authors for PNG Readers”

Gag-gauamo: The baby cleansing ritual of the Upper Simbu

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 22 June 2014 ARNOLD MUNDUA An entry in The Crocodile PrizeCleland Family Award for Heritage Writing Gag-gauamo, or baby cleansing, in Kuman dialect, was one of many obligatory rituals performed on new born babies in the Upper Simbu and other parts of Simbu Province in pre-modern times. Gag-gauamo wasContinue reading “Gag-gauamo: The baby cleansing ritual of the Upper Simbu”

The story of Totoga Wai from Babaka village

Keith Jacksn & Friends: PNG Attitude, 12 December 2011 BY BEAUTY RUPA LOI The Totoga Wai is the story of my great-grandfathers and their forefathers and the great gigantic alligator and the formation of the precious salt water river at Babaka village, the place I call my home. Totoga is the name and Wai isContinue reading “The story of Totoga Wai from Babaka village”

Elites & education: John Kadiba on Ulli Beier

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude,  31 December 2011 SELECTED BY PHIL FITZPATRICK This is an extract from a new book by JOHN KADIBA, Night Dreams of Passing Memories.  In view of Martyn Namarong’s recent article criticising elites and education in PNG, it casts an interesting light over how things used to be and howContinue reading “Elites & education: John Kadiba on Ulli Beier”

Dispela tok-singsing emi bilong Dollorose Fong Roka

Tok Pisin translation by Michael Dom Nogat toktok, peren, bai kirapim ol lain indai Nogat tingting yumi autim na wara lusim ai Bai kisim bek ken husat i lus na tekewe pen Yumi sindaun mauspas tasol na putim iau long ren Toktok bilong mi sotwin, peren, pen emi wankain Wanem stori inogat nek bai miContinue reading “Dispela tok-singsing emi bilong Dollorose Fong Roka”