The Asaro Mudmen


While I lived in Papua New Guinea (1989-91) I attended many shows or sing sings, as the locals called them, and in this way became acquainted with numerous tribes wearing traditional dress, performing traditional dances and taking part in other rituals. The annual Port Moresby and Goroka shows were especially good for ‘tribe collectors’.

There was one very famous tribe, the ghost-like Asaro Mudmen, which never turned up at any of the shows I attended. Continue reading “The Asaro Mudmen”

Leave Your suit and Tie at Home


While I was in PNG to work I don’t intend making much reference to work in this blog though there are a few anecdotes worth sharing.

The attached photo is of me (a somewhat younger model) geared up for work in Rabaul on the beautiful island of West New Britain. What a contrast from the formal dark suits and ties I had left behind in Belfast. Continue reading “Leave Your suit and Tie at Home”