Whip dancers were back

So after the big announcement that the Highlanders were the best Papua New Guineans and the best at Sing-sing performances and the best at everything, the locals decided to interrupt the performance and what better way then to walk onto the arena with the whipping bois and just show how strong and defiant the local lads can be.

It was confronting.

The MC stood up on his stage and he proclaimed that we will have no uncoordinated performances, no disruptions, no groups performing outside of their allotted time-slot. He yelled for the Whip Dancers to retreat and to wait for their moment to perform and all the crowd could see were the whipping of these young men. The Highlanders stopped and watched this display of aggression and for one of the first times I can recall, the Highlanders took a step back and looked somewhat apprehensive.

In their homeland, the mighty warriors of the Highlands with their spears and arrows would have displayed a retort full of passion, but here, amongst the Tolais in the shadow of the Bainings and with a volcano just across the bay, the Highlanders understood where they stood. The whip dancers realising they had made an impact then disappeared back into the crowd. Job done.

Photo taken last week in Kokopo.
great words and shot, love the cloud of ochre
posted September 22nd, 2014  
Spontaneity makes for a very exciting and emotive performance! Fabulous action capture of the moment, Jason!
posted September 22nd, 2014  
fantastic and great shot, jason. i agree with katy about the spontaneity of the performance.
posted September 22nd, 2014  
I baffles me how you always come up with these great shots of native peoples.
posted September 23rd, 2014  
Dang! They certainly made their point! Maybe this is one way to avoid "real" violence between the groups? Great shot!
posted September 23rd, 2014  
That must have been something to see. Contrasting that with gang violence -- this seems more civilized.
posted September 23rd, 2014  
woah
posted September 23rd, 2014  
@lbmcshutter - Hey thanks Megan, good to see you again!

@grammyn @summerfield @juliedduncan @taffy - The disruption and confusion to 99% of the audience made for a dramatic performance. The only people who were in control and knew exactly what was going on were this small handful of young men defiant in their actions. It was very patriotic and effective.

@blueberry1222 - Papua New Guineans are incredibly proud of their culture and while they have been pillaged for several hundred years by slavery and exploited by men digging holes in the ground, the traditional way of life is still resonant in their hearts. In this photo you can see some of the young students with iPads and mobile phone cameras and a Honda t-shirt, but all this is very recent, in the last 3-5years recent. Except for the Honda shirt where 2nd hand clothing has been here for some time now, but that lad probably has never seen a Honda motorbike far less ridden on one. There's a whole new world out there, while this country just keeps on holding on to its own precious values.

@houdiniem - it was so cool, but intense.
posted September 23rd, 2014  
Great capture
posted September 23rd, 2014  
@chris17 - Thanks.
posted September 24th, 2014  
Great capture but...
posted November 15th, 2014  
@kjarn - how's the guy holding the iPad in the background!?!?
posted November 15th, 2014  
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