Huli Wig Doctor by bobfoto

Huli Wig Doctor

We were lead down a small track to a timber gateway where stood a Huli man. He asked us to wait for a moment and the Doctor would see us and prepare us for the next stage of our visit.

Moments later, this strong old man with white beard and hair of moss appeared. The breast feathers of the Superb Bird of Paradise proudly adorned his head. He looked us all up and down, he tsk tsk'd at my friend and his bald pate and then he lightly touched and inspected my beard. With a shine in his eyes he stared at the womenfolk.

He started mumbling and entered a concentrated state. Our guide said that beyond the gate was land only for the Huli Wig Man, no Huli woman was allowed to enter, but seeing as our womenfolk were white, what we were about to see would be information that the women would not understand nor make use of... but the Huli Wig Doctor was taking no chances and he was placing a spell on us which would render all the information that we were about to learn incomprehensible. I must admit that I was struggling to understand the Doctor as it was.

The spell stopped and we were invited inside the gate, down a small path alongside a creek with blessed water. The Doctor meanwhile laid on a few more spells as we walked. We arrived at a small clearing and were asked to wait for the Huli Wig Men, we were told by the Doctor that a man needs to be chaste of virtue, and strong in body, mind and spirit to become a Huli Wig Man. A man needed to be able to grow a strong beard and be resolute to spend years here away from the Huli men and away from the Huli women and that the main purpose of being here, was to grow hair.

The spells were working...

Photo taken 18 November 2006 (all the Huli shots have been with my oldschool little point and shoot... my friend with the bald pate had his DSLR and I had mega lens envy...)
Fantastic shot. FAV.
November 4th, 2012  
Wow, interesting shot and photo. Move over rogaine, we now we know the secret to growing great hair.
November 4th, 2012  
@anazad511 @boatpainter - Oh thank you ladies... wait until you see the Hair! Photo to come tomorrow!
November 4th, 2012  
Amy
Wow, great picture and narrative. I love the education I am getting along with the absolute feast for the eyes that your photos provide. Thank you!!
November 4th, 2012  
@bobfoto - a dear friend of mine who is passionate about photography (and has all the equipment that makes me green of envy) did a trip to PNG. He has great pictures and I'm going to show yours to him. He will love them.
November 4th, 2012  
@amyvanross - You're welcome Amy, glad you are enjoying the shots! :)

@anazad511 - It certainly is a destination for the photographer, just take a heap of memory cards! I hope your friend likes my shots :)
November 4th, 2012  
You have brought me much laughter this morning with your story with this photo, love the wry wit, dry humor, just as much as I do this inyeresting photo. @worthitall @rockinrobyn @happyandyouknowit @jackiesphotos
November 4th, 2012  
@dauber - Mr Anderson Sir, wait until you see the Hair tomorrow... the Wig Men are amazeballs. And thank you for your comment, I'm always happy to offer a smile and a laugh! ;)
November 4th, 2012  
Fabulous, strong portrait. No DSLR necessary!
November 4th, 2012  
Such an interesting story, maybe I should see a Huli doctor instead of using Ovation.
November 4th, 2012  
Colourful character, great portrait, interesting story.
November 4th, 2012  
A wonderful story and a great looking local character!!
November 4th, 2012  
@archaeofrog - Thanks Katie, these shots were taken so long ago that when I look back at them, I get the idea of what I was doing, but I reckon I would do it a little differently nowadays. :)

@tthompsonca - Well you do need to check in tomorrow to take a look at the result before you seek the service of a Huli Doctor...

@fjh - Thank you Francesca :)
November 4th, 2012  
a very nice interesting story Jason and a great portrait of a Huli man.
November 4th, 2012  
ok the lyric that jumped into my head was: 'what's that on your head?..a wig'
November 4th, 2012  
Ha, every day tuning in to your shots is a joy of one sort or another! This is a great shot.... do those twigs really go through his nose? Ooch! He looks a strong and capable character. And as for the hair....?! It seems all his spells worked =)
November 4th, 2012  
Oh my, he has attitude!
November 5th, 2012  
Great shot - great story....umm, I think....that spell may be contagious! lol
November 5th, 2012  
wonderful story, Were you way back or was this a schtick for the white guy?
November 5th, 2012  
Very colorful character , literally AND figuratively.Great shot!
November 5th, 2012  
Those of us who are folicly impared would probably stay that way rather than see the Huli Doctor in person. It sure is fun seeing him in your photos, though.
November 5th, 2012  
@gerry - Cheers Gerry!

@houdiniem - wait until tomorrow, that lyric will become an ear worm!

@filsie65 - Yes, the sticks go through his Septum. Ask @hellcat about it. And that's a hair of moss. There will be HAIR tomorrow!

@httpgeffed - he's a cool dude!

@cmuir1963 - it worked on me!

@tigerdreamer - schtick? I was sitting back on a log, awaiting the HAIR and this shot was taken with my point and shoot. HAIR shot tomorrow!

@grammyn - Thanks Katy :)

@rvwalker - Wait until you see what the Doctor achieves tomorrow! HAIR, glorious HAIR!
November 5th, 2012  
Great shot and narrative, Jason. Very interesting.
November 5th, 2012  
@sangwann - Cheers Dione.
November 5th, 2012  
@dauber @worthitall @jackiesphotos @happyandyouknowit Dad, I'm thinking you must have snuck away to the Huli Wig Doctor while mom and we three daughters were under a spell.
November 5th, 2012  
@rockinrobyn - He need not have snuck away... that spell works!
November 5th, 2012  
once more a fantastic story (and shot)! :)
November 5th, 2012  
@bobfoto I meant your hair.....! Perhaps this will go some way to answer the cause of some of the complaints you made on the seven project...?!
PS - that's moss?!
November 5th, 2012  
I think there is a little bit of Huli Wig Doctor hidden and wanting to burst out in all men, maybe mine is peeking out from the edges a mite.@rockinrobyn
November 5th, 2012  
Fabulous! following your stories, very interesting!
November 6th, 2012  
OOOOhhhh.... I think he's bleached his beard. No? I have to say, I love all this concern with personal appearance. On some level it shows a real pride in self.

Nose piercing is painful, although some handle it better than others. I nearly passed out.
November 7th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - thanks Katia :)

@filsie65 - Yeah its Moss... grows on rocks and tree stumps and just lives on the moisture in the air. The Southern Highlands get rainfall of around 4 - 7 metres per year... Oh and really? I complained?

@dauber - I reckon there's one inside of this hairy white guy!

@chrismarfil - thanks Chris :)

@hellcat - nah he's just an old silverback with the white beardo!
November 8th, 2012  
another amazing shot and great narrative! the way he stands is perfect when comparing him to your words. awesome.
November 8th, 2012  
@kdimagery - He was a cool guy, and very wise. You could see that in the glint in his eye!
November 8th, 2012  
Another wonderfully interesting story and photo.
November 9th, 2012  
@hellcat me too.
November 9th, 2012  
@kjarn :)
November 9th, 2012  
@kjarn @hellcat - thank you my female friends with leaky noses... ;)
November 9th, 2012  
Ha!
November 10th, 2012  
@hellcat - hee.
November 10th, 2012  
ho
November 11th, 2012  
(whoops... clarification... as in Hee ho... Or heave ho... )
November 11th, 2012  
Not you're a ho....
November 11th, 2012  
Really want to make this clear.
November 11th, 2012  
:)
November 11th, 2012  
November 11th, 2012  
lol....
I'll be back to catch up on your photos once I've had a complete melt down. :D
November 11th, 2012  
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