Every year in August, the Mt. Hagen Cultural Show is the place to see tribal culture in Papua New Guinea. During my visit there were about 100 Singsing groups with some 2000 dancers. It was a fantastic festival.

Here are animations of a couple of dances.

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Preparations

Outside Preparation Area
Outside preparation area. (934k)
Getting Dressed
Getting dressed. (1034k)
Trial Dance
Trial dance. (1146k)
Painting Face
Painting face. (818k)
Painting Face
Painting face. (1052k)
Painting Face
Painting face. (1247k)
Preparing Headdress
Preparing headdress. (1067k)
Painting Face
Painting face. (739k)
Preparing Headdress
Preparing headdress. (873k)
Cellphones Ubiquitous Festival Elsewhere
Cellphones are just as ubiquitous at the festival as elsewhere. (881k)

Various Dancers and Singsing groups

View Festival Grounds
View of the festival grounds. (956k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1196k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1350k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1283k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1175k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1095k)
Singsing Group Dancing Storm
Singsing group dancing up a storm on the festival grounds. (1067k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1123k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1082k)
Group Did Parade Ground
This group did parade ground weapons drill. (772k)
Singsing Group
Singsing group. (1150k)
Group Dragged Log Onto
This group dragged a log onto the festival grounds. (1093k)
Dancer
Dancer. (1109k)
Drumming Dancer
Drumming dancer. (758k)
Dancer Chanting Drumming
Dancer chanting and drumming. (881k)
Dancer
Dancer. (997k)
Dancer
Dancer. (937k)
Dancer
Dancer. (908k)
Dancer
Dancer. (935k)
Dancer
Dancer. (872k)
Drumming Dancer
Drumming dancer. (965k)
Dancer Elaborate Headdress
Dancer with elaborate headdress. (932k)
Dancer
Dancer. (912k)
Youngster Caught Eating
Youngster caught eating. (787k)
Young Dancer
Young dancer. (1233k)
Dancer Playing Flute
Dancer playing the flute. (765k)
Dancer Playing Flute
Dancer playing the flute. (802k)
Dancer
Dancer. (1093k)
Dancer Huge Headdress
Dancer with huge headdress. (989k)
Dancer Huge Headdress
Dancer with huge headdress. (935k)
Dancer Close-up
Dancer close-up. (1001k)
Dancer Close-up
Dancer close-up. (801k)
Dancer Close-up
Dancer close-up. (868k)

Singsing Group

Singsing Group Painted Black
Singsing Group. Some where painted black, some red, and some yellow. (1239k)
Getting Painted
Getting painted. (1123k)
Black Faced
Black faced. (812k)
Black Face
Black face. (1013k)
Red Face
Red face. (871k)
Yellow Face
Yellow face. (845k)

Singsing Group

Singsing Group
Singsing Group. (1074k)
Singsing Group
Singsing Group. (1191k)
Dancers Group
Dancers in the group. (795k)
Dancers Group
Dancers in the group. (815k)
Dancer Group
Dancer in the group. (896k)
Dancer Group
Dancer in the group. (726k)

Singsing Group

Elaborately Decorated Singsing Group
Elaborately decorated Singsing Group. (1451k)
Dancing Festival Grounds
Dancing on the festival grounds. (1380k)
Dancers Group
Dancers in the group. (1229k)
Dancers Group
Dancers in the group. (1119k)
Dancer Group
Dancer in the group. (984k)
Close-up Dancer Group
Close-up of dancer in the group. (904k)
Chanting Dancer Group
Chanting dancer in the group. (836k)
Close-up Dancer Group
Close-up of dancer in the group. (896k)
Close-up Dancer Group
Close-up of dancer in the group. (1103k)

Singsing Group

Singsing Group
Singsing Group. (1190k)
Dancers Group Elaborate Headdress
Dancers in the group with elaborate headdress. (1238k)
Dancer Group Elaborate Headdress
Dancer in the group with elaborate headdress. (1024k)
Dancer Group Elaborate Headdress
Dancer in the group with elaborate headdress. (997k)
Close-up Dancer Group
Close-up of dancer in the group. (1162k)

Omo Mashai Singsing Group

This group had skeletons painted on their bodies. They were stalking and attacking a beast.

Getting Painted
Getting painted. (1192k)
Getting Painted
Getting painted. (1067k)
Getting Painted
Getting painted. (763k)
Getting Painted
Getting painted. (1202k)
Beast
The Beast. (1215k)
Stalking Beast
Stalking the beast. (1198k)
Attacking Beast
Attacking the beast. (1224k)

Huli Wigmen

Huli Wigmen Singsing Group
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group. (1304k)
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group. (1189k)
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group. (1158k)
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group
Huli Wigmen Singsing Group. (1003k)
Huli Wigmen Ceremonial Wigs
Huli Wigmen with ceremonial wigs. (1031k)
Huli Wigmen Ceremonial Wigs
Huli Wigmen with ceremonial wigs. (778k)

Mindima Mudmen Singsing Group

Mindima Mudmen Singsing Group
Mindima Mudmen Singsing Group. (1122k)
Mindima Mudmen
Mindima Mudmen. (1051k)
Mindima Mudmen
Mindima Mudmen. (1022k)
Mindima Mudmen
Mindima Mudmen. (1120k)
Mindima Mudman
Mindima Mudman. (1150k)
Close-up Mindima Mudman
Close-up of Mindima Mudman. (718k)
Mask Made Right Festival
The mask are made right at the festival. (970k)

Laipan Women Singsing Group, Laiagam

Laipan Women Singsing Group
Laipan Women Singsing Group. (1140k)
Laipan Women Singsing Group
Laipan Women Singsing Group. (1055k)
Laipan Women Singsing Group
Laipan Women Singsing Group. (1038k)
Close-up Dancer Laipan Women
Close-up of a dancer of the Laipan Women Singsing Group. (875k)
Close-up Dancer Laipan Women
Close-up of a dancer of the Laipan Women Singsing Group. (825k)

Silimuli Mens and Girls Singsing Group

This group was impressive with their synchronized movements and dancing. The kept a tight formation during their dance.

Silimuli Mens Singsing Group
Silimuli Mens Singsing Group. (1166k)
Silimuli Girls Singsing Group
Silimuli Girls Singsing Group. (1160k)
Dancer Silimuli Girls Singsing
Dancer in the Silimuli Girls Singsing Group. (980k)
Dancer Silimuli Girls Singsing
Dancer in the Silimuli Girls Singsing Group. (1003k)
Close-up Dancer Silimuli Girls
Close-up of a dancer in the Silimuli Girls Singsing Group. (804k)

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