Tolai Meri bilong Rabaul Sing SIng by bobfoto

Tolai Meri bilong Rabaul Sing SIng

A few days back mentioned how my project was a bit bloke orientated in regards to recent sing sing shots, so I'm reviewing the 756 keeper photos that I took during the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture and will see just how many pretty melanesian island girls I can find.

Listening to the local radio here in Papua New Guinea, the singers are predominantly male and the songs are often about certain island-meris and their home provinces, so you often get titles like "Manus Meri" or "Alotau Meri" or "Tolai Meri" like this young girl who was sitting down waiting for her moment in the sun to perform on the stage. In true PNG fashion, the performances were running 4 hours behind schedule so there were many many performers sitting around waiting...

The schooling system is quite interesting here in PNG and I've not enough time to dissect it, but this young girl with the tattoo is in Primary School...?

Photo taken at the National Museum, Port Moresby a week or so ago.
Pretty girl, but the markings on her face make her look like she's crying. She also looks a bit peeved about having to sit around and wait. As I understood the schooling system, it was normal that they didn't start school until about 8 years of age.
July 13th, 2014  
@nataliemac - there is a melancholy here, and yes, they do start school late.

July 13th, 2014  
Good shot. She certainly looks a little fed up with all the waiting
July 13th, 2014  
@chris17 - she's got years to learn to wait!
July 13th, 2014  
Earthy
July 13th, 2014  
@houdiniem - I like the caterpillar chewed leafs!
July 13th, 2014  
Very nice shot - a child to be reckoned with! :)
July 13th, 2014  
she is beautiful
July 13th, 2014  
Very interesting portrait.
July 14th, 2014  
@juliedduncan - she was focussed on something.

@justamazing81 - that she is.

@grammyn - Thanks Katy :)
July 14th, 2014  
Another awesome portrait! :)
July 18th, 2014  
@agentzuckerguss - Thanks Katia :)
July 19th, 2014  
She looks so sad.I like the leaves.
November 15th, 2014  
@kjarn - hopefully she is just caught up in a moment?
November 15th, 2014  
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