The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?

21 December 2020 PAINTING BY LABEN SAKALE JOHN AND WORDS BY GREGORY BABLIS Masks have always been important aspects of Papua New Guinean societies even in contemporary Papua New Guinea (PNG) with their ceremonial uses in singsings (traditional dances or festivals) and the more tourist-oriented festivals today. All regions of PNG had different types ofContinue reading “The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?”

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”