How to avoid leaving behind PNG’s 85%

19 July 2021 STEPHEN CHARTERIS “People build their nation and transform their society by being active creators, observers and participants inside it” – Michael Dom, ‘Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution‘, 17 July 2021 CAIRNS – That is a statement to agree with. If we look at most cities and towns in Papua New Guinea,Continue reading “How to avoid leaving behind PNG’s 85%”

Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution

17 July 2021 MICHAEL DOM LAE – How do we return Papua Niugini to a culture of Melanesian cooperation and how can the common people make those in power behave responsibly? According to the evolutionary perspective, the birthplace of democracy was the tribe. Indeed, tribalism is sometimes referred to as ‘primitive democracy’. I believe myContinue reading “Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution”

Writing in PNG: Kovave & beyond

13 July 2021 EVELYN ELLERMAN In this second extract from ‘Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea’, Evelyn Ellerman writes of the emergence of student writers at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1967, which led to the development of a home-grown Papua New Guinean literature. Her paper was part of theContinue reading “Writing in PNG: Kovave & beyond”

How PNG’s first literary blossoming arrived

12 July 2021 EVELYN ELLERMAN In this extract from ‘Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea’, Evelyn Ellerman writes of the establishment of the Literature Department at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1967, which led directly to the development of the first shoots of a home-grown Papua New Guinean literature. HerContinue reading “How PNG’s first literary blossoming arrived”

A brief history of PNG literature, Part 2

12 July 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – It wasn’t until 1977 that a Papua New Guinean novel appeared that was targeted at Papua New Guinean readers, Russell Soaba’s Wanpis. Wanpis (Tok Pisin for a person who is lonely or alone, like an orphan) is about identity and displays an angst that is quintessentially Papua New Guinean. SomeContinue reading “A brief history of PNG literature, Part 2”

A brief history of PNG literature, Part 1

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 11 July 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – Papua New Guinea has a rich tradition of oral literature which exists to this day. Vincent Eri’s work of 1970, The Crocodile, was the first novel by a Papua New Guinean, but it seems likely that the first book written by a PapuaContinue reading “A brief history of PNG literature, Part 1”

Regarding the perfect Melanesian gentleman

MICHAEL DOM – posted on PNG Attitude LAE – It is my observation that true Papua New Guinean gentlemen respond with quiet confidence, not in brash retaliation. In 2016, writing to encourage creative and intellectual contributions to the theme of ‘The Perfect PNG Gentleman‘, I wrote: The article was inspired by the prose poem ‘Perfect Gentleman’ by Dolorose AtaiContinue reading “Regarding the perfect Melanesian gentleman”

ESSAY: Compensation payment undermines justice in PNG

JIMAIMAH WAFI Compensation is a way of settling disputes between two parties. Compensation is typically money awarded to someone in recognition of loss, suffering or injury. In Papua New Guinea (PNG) compensation is becoming common for settling disputes and making peace between two parties. Compensation is provided for different reasons, for example, homicide compensation, workersContinue reading “ESSAY: Compensation payment undermines justice in PNG”

Christianity seems to have failed us badly

KELA KAPKORA SIL BOLKIN Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 06 May 2021 PORT MORESBY – At independence the constitution of Papua New Guinea did not separate church and state. In fact, the constitution declared Christian values as a decent custom to be adopted, upheld and passed on to the next generation. Besides, the constitutionContinue reading “Christianity seems to have failed us badly”

Peacemaking – My culture

By Caroline Evari – 12th April 2021, Everyday Battles On Saturday January 30th, 2021 at around 7:30pm, my family had small peace-making ceremony here in Port Moresby. Leading into the new year of 2021, there were some misunderstanding amongst my older siblings’ daughters that resulted in dispute and disharmony between several family members. As alwaysContinue reading “Peacemaking – My culture”