Saturday 19 March 2011

PNG: Sailing into the unknown

At Bien village on Sepik River,
visitors are greeted warmly
and spectacularly.
Picture: Kendall Hill
THE gentleman beside me is quite naked apart from a crown of vivid parrot feathers, ropes of shell jewellery crisscrossing his torso and two strips of tapa cloth slung from his waist to barely cover the naughty bits.

We are strolling along a hibiscus-fringed path and chatting away as if this is the most natural circumstance in the world. Which it is if you happen to be in constantly surprising Papua New Guinea.


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