Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Tribal Headdresses From Around The World ~ Part II

Huli Tribe ~ Papua New Guinea
Huli Wigman ~ Tari Highlands, Papua New Guinea
(Photo by Chris McLennan ~ August 16, 2010)
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(The two photos above are by luke 6223 ~ October, 2008)

(Photo by Mindy Leenen ~ August 10, 2011)

Huli Wigman ~ Biagonda Village
(Photo by william ~ Apr 14, 2009)

(Photo by Jayashree Vasudevan ~ September 16, 2008)

(Photo by 106500301039053283624 ~ August 6, 2010)

Huli Wigman with pierced nose, cuscus headband, strawflowers, and feather headdress

A Huli girl ready for her coming of age ceremony

Huli tribesman wearing a headpiece that includes entire birds' wings

Huli wigmen with cassowary and bird-of-paradise feathers
(The above four photos are by Walter Schwartz  ~ August 11, 12 & 13, 2007)
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(Photo by Eric Laffourge ~ August 18, 2007)
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Sepik River Tribe ~ Papua New Guinea

(The above twelve photographs are by Rita Willaert ~ September 20, 2009)

(Photo by philippe.gigliotti ~ July 22, 2007)
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Asmat Tribe ~ West Papua (Irian Jaya)
(The above right photograph of male Asmat dancer is by Pete Smitty)

The above five images are courtesy of: ~ October 2008

(The above eight photos are all by djamans* ~ May 11, 2008)

(The above two photographs are by yaniruma ~ February 3 & 12, 2007)

(Photo by  [Grenville Charles] ~ March 14, 2009)

(Photo by junglereg [Roland Barker] ~ March 9, 2009)
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Dani & Yali Tribes ~ Baliem Valley, West Papua
A Papuanese tribesman poses for the camera
Photograph by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images ~ August 12, 2010
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(The above four photos are by Alex_Saurel ~ May 18 & 23, 2011)

(The above three photos are by mewru [Auden Bui] ~ June 13 & 14, 2011)

(Photo by Wanto "B-Hunter" One Two ~ April 20, 2006)

(Photo by ( travel & urbex ) ~ September 15, 2006)

(The above two photos are by vanchete [Ivan Rejon] ~ August 14, 2007)

(Photo by papuaadventure ~ November 22, 2008)

 (The above two photos are by junglereg [Roland Barker] ~ March 21 & 22, 2008)

(The above two photos are by Teemu Kammonen ~ April 14, 2007)

Yali tribesmen ~ Baliem Valley, West Papua

(The above two photos are by vanchete [Ivan Rejon] ~ August 9, 2007)
The above eighteen images are all courtesy of:

Korowai & Kombai Tree People ~ West Papua (Irian Jaya)
(Photo by junglereg ~ March 11, 2008)

Korowai child
(Photo by christophklemmt ~ 1998)

Korowai tribesman
(Photo by HolmesMuseumofAnthropology ~ March 9, 2010)
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Korowai tribesman
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Kombai tribesman
(Photo by tvbrasil [TV Brasil - EBC] ~ February 3, 2005)
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Kandep Tribe ~ Enga Province, Papua New Guinea
Kandep Enga women ~ September 16, 2008

A Kandep tribesman at a Sing-Sing in tribal face paint at Enga Cultural show

(The above three photos are by John Banagan)
The above three images are courtesy of:

Kaluli Tribe ~ Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea
The Kaluli feather headdress is called an Obefone

Kaluli tribesmen preparing for a Sing-Sing
The above two images are courtesy of:

(The above three photos are by philippe.gigliotti ~ October 2, 2006)
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Goroka Show ~ Papua New Guinea
(Photo by philippe.gigliotti ~ September 15, 2007)

 (The above four photos are by pomfoto ~ August 30 & September 14, 2008)

(the above eleven photos are by adivision57 ~ June 4, 2008)
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Begun in 1957, the annual Eastern Highlands Cultural Show, which is simply known as the "Goroka Show," gathers  together distinct native societies from various cultural districts in a Sing-Sing: a spectacular tribal gathering of dancing, music and body ornamentation in full, vibrant colour. According to the Goroka Show website, "The Goroka Show is a probably the most known tribal gathering and cultural event in Papua New Guinea. It is held every year close to the Independence Day (16th September) in the town of Goroka. About 100 tribes arrive to show their music, dance and culture. This festival started in the mid 1950s from the initiative of missionaries. In recent years it became an attractive tourist destination because it is one of a few opportunities to see the traditional tribal culture."
(Source & citation:, 2011)

(The above five photographs are by Jeffrey Lewis ~ 2009)
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(The above six photos are by hildehaab ~ September 13, 2008)

(Photo by eeyore nz ~ September 18, 2010)

(The above eleven photos are by Rita Willaert ~ September 12 & 13, 2009)

(Photo above by Rich and Rona ~ September 17, 2006)
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Suggested readings:

Where The Spirits Dwell: An Odyssey In The Jungle of New Guinea (1989), by Tobias Schneebaum: Grove Press

A Short History of Papua New Guinea (1993), by John Waiko: Oxford University Press

Papua New Guinea (1994), by Mary Virginia Fox: Childrens Press

Papua New Guinea (1998), by Adrian Lipscomb, Rowan McKinnon & Jon Murray: Lonely Planet

New Guinea Ceremonies (2002), by David Gillison: Harry N. Abrams

Wild Man (2003) by Tobias Schneebaum: University of Wisconsin Press

Vanishing Beauty: Indigenous Body Art And Decoration (2006), by Bertie Winkel, Dos Winkel & Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter: Prestel

Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands (2008), by Rowan McKinnon, Jean-Bernard Carillet & Dean Starnes: Lonely Planet

The Last Men: Journey Among The Tribes of New Guinea (2008), by Iago Corazza & Greta Ropa: White Star

Cultures of the World: Papua New Guinea (2009), by Ingrid Gascoigne: Marshall Cavendish


  1. What a comprehensive visual record of an art and form of decoration which is little know outside of New Guinea. I remember as child on Vacation in PNG wanting one of these!

  2. Aren't they wonderful? I find them extremely beautiful & riveting ~ we humans have an innate need to self-decorate & that's what I find so fascinating about tribal customs.

    Thanks for your comment, Mr. Toms.

    Best regards,
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