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Southern Highlands

The area I visited on the main island of New Guinea were the Mendi and Tari Districts in the west of the province.
The largest group in these areas is the Huli people.
The Huli are an indigenous people that live in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. They number over 65,000 and have been living in the area for at least 600 years. They speak Huli, Tok Pisin (pidgin), and English. The Huli are grouped in clans (hamigini) and subclans (hamigini emene). Clans have residential rights within a specific territory and membership is based on hereditary descent. Up until recently they have been a very warlike people waging war on each other.
Subclans are smaller groups within the larger clan and are the basic unit of Huli society. Subclans operate autonomously and may make war or peace, or pay indemnities without consulting the larger clan. Membership to a subclan is restricted to those who are directly related to the subclan founder or another member of the subclan. Huli may belong to several subclans at a time depending on their kinship and ancestry.
The Huli have a wide concept of family. Half-brothers, half-sisters, and cousins are all considered brothers and sisters.
They live by hunting, gathering plants and growing crops. The Huli are exceptional farmers and have accepted many introduced crops, initially sweet potatoes, but more recently, corn, potatoes, cabbage etc. The Huli are also very interested in private business, and have established businesses throughout Papua New Guinea. Men and women still live separately; unmarried men historically lived in large group houses, although this is exceptionally rare nowadays and they usually live with their father and brothers. When wearing traditional dress, the men decorate their bodies with colored clay and wear elaborate headdresses for ceremonies.
Huli society is polygynist. Men may take multiple wives but women may only have one husband at a time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVT45VqII0I
Pardon me for the poor quality sound
Jungle Airstrip
Jungle Airstrip
Welcoming Committee
Welcoming Committee
Britten Norman Islander
Britten Norman Islander
Take Off
Take Off
Cloud Forest in the Morning
Cloud Forest in the Morning
Bird of Paradise - Stephanie's Astrapia
Bird of Paradise - Stephanie's Astrapia
Morning Mist
Morning Mist
Bird of Paradise - Brown Sicklebill
Bird of Paradise - Brown Sicklebill
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise - King of Saxony
Bird of Paradise - King of Saxony
King of Saxony
King of Saxony
Bird of Paradise - Ribbontail Astrapia
Bird of Paradise - Ribbontail Astrapia
Bird of Paradise - Ribbontail Astrapia
Bird of Paradise - Ribbontail Astrapia
Ribbontail Astrapia with Female Mate
Ribbontail Astrapia with Female Mate
Huli Tribesman
Huli Tribesman
Selling Sweet Potato
Selling Sweet Potato
Village Entrance
Village Entrance
Off to Market
Off to Market
Betel Juice
Betel Juice
Kids Are Kids Everywhere
Kids Are Kids Everywhere
Protection
Protection
Bilum
Bilum
Bilum
Bilum
Village Entrance
Village Entrance
Preparation for Sing-Sing
Preparation for Sing-Sing
Part of the Preparation
Part of the Preparation
Manda Wig Decorated with Feathers
Manda Wig Decorated with Feathers
Jew's Harp
Jew's Harp
Ceremonial Arrows
Ceremonial Arrows
Cowry Shells
Cowry Shells
Kina Shell
Kina Shell
Enjoying a Smoke
Enjoying a Smoke
Black Wig
Black Wig
Dyeing Their Skin
Dyeing Their Skin
Tuning Up the Drums
Tuning Up the Drums
Bioganda Sing Sing
Bioganda Sing Sing
Headdress
Headdress
Practicing Jumping in Place
Practicing Jumping in Place
Decorations
Decorations
Sing-Sing
Sing-Sing
Kundu Drum
Kundu Drum
Huli Tribesman
Huli Tribesman
Ceremonial Wig
Ceremonial Wig
Making Fire
Making Fire
Where There's Smoke
Where There's Smoke
Fire!
Fire!
Cassowary Hair
Cassowary Hair
Grave
Grave
Entrance to Village Facing Outward
Entrance to Village Facing Outward
Bachelor House
Bachelor House
Grandma and Granddaughter
Grandma and Granddaughter
Granddaughter
Granddaughter
Grandmother's House
Grandmother's House
Interior
Interior
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans
Ubiquitous Umbrella
Ubiquitous Umbrella
Transportation
Transportation
Entrance to market place
Entrance to market place
Yam Vendors
Yam Vendors
Just Hangin' Around
Just Hangin' Around
Tobacco Leaves Vendors
Tobacco Leaves Vendors
Headgear
Headgear
School Boys
School Boys
Cilantro Crop
Cilantro Crop
Ambua Lodge
Ambua Lodge
Ambua Lodge
Ambua Lodge
Ambua Lodge
Ambua Lodge
Lodgings
Lodgings
Lodgings
Lodgings
Morning Mists
Morning Mists
Papai Village - Spirit Doctors
Papai Village - Spirit Doctors
Village Medicine Man - Healing Ritual
Village Medicine Man - Healing Ritual
Assistant
Assistant
Sorcerer
Sorcerer
Healing Ritual
Healing Ritual
Healing Ritual
Healing Ritual
Healing Ritual
Healing Ritual
Boy Seemingly Healed
Boy Seemingly Healed
Cowry Shells with Boar's Tusk
Cowry Shells with Boar's Tusk
Bamboo Thicket
Bamboo Thicket
Mud Wall
Mud Wall
Poinsettia
Poinsettia
Poria Akuciba Wig Making School/Village Headman
Poria Akuciba Wig Making School/Village Headman
Wig and Headdress
Wig and Headdress
Preparation
Preparation
Wig School
Wig School
Ablutions and Moisturizing
Ablutions and Moisturizing
Showing Real Hair
Showing Real Hair
Real Hair Wig
Real Hair Wig
Red Ceremonial Wig
Red Ceremonial Wig
Dye for Wig
Dye for Wig
Final Product
Final Product
Money on the Hoof
Money on the Hoof
Huli Man in Casual Everyday Dress
Huli Man in Casual Everyday Dress
Parma Village Headman
Parma Village Headman
Parma Village Headman
Parma Village Headman
Bride and Groom and Maid of Honour
Bride and Groom and Maid of Honour
Bride and Maid of Honour (Facing Forward)
Bride and Maid of Honour (Facing Forward)
Best Man
Best Man
Groom
Groom
Bride
Bride
Maid of Honour
Maid of Honour
Roadside Grave
Roadside Grave
Yamari Widow Village
Yamari Widow Village
Widows with Helpers
Widows with Helpers
Tari Market
Tari Market
Dart Boards
Dart Boards
Tari Commons
Tari Commons
Armoured Vehicle
Armoured Vehicle
Tari Airport
Tari Airport
The Day's Entertainment
The Day's Entertainment
Airport Crowds
Airport Crowds
Tari from the Air
Tari from the Air
First View of Port Moresby
First View of Port Moresby