Highlands Meri in Kokopo by bobfoto

Highlands Meri in Kokopo

The business college saga part two. The MC whom was obviously from the Highlands of New Guinea stood up on stage in front of the well mixed crowd all hailing from all corners of Papua New Guinea but the majority of which were Tolais from East New Britain and he proclaimed the next act into the arena as being the quintessential Papua New Guinean sing-sing group of all time. He vociferously announced that the Highland region of PNG was the most creative, the most exciting and the reason why PNG is also called the Land of the Unexpected.

To me, the last part should have been subtitled "also the reason why conflict remains an ever present concern" but this MC just kept on going as his wantoks wandered onto the field and performed an impressive mix of Highland warrior war cries.

I guess some of the locals took umbrage to all this...

Photo taken last week in Kokopo.
great capture
September 21st, 2014  
Fantastic. Great profile portrait.
September 22nd, 2014  
@cruzer @fauxtography365 - the overcast and fading light made things a little tricky.
September 22nd, 2014  
fab expression caught here
September 22nd, 2014  
It is a wonderful profile capture of her.

I wish I knew more about the politics and culture of your country. So much of what you comment on would be better understood by me if I did! Studying it is one of my "someday" goals.
September 22nd, 2014  
@houdiniem - Thanks Em :)

@grammyn - 4.5 years of living here still has me asking questions regarding the politics of this country. It contains such volatility over neighbours and I have just read something very interesting regarding Malaria in the past week which has turned my thinking upside down...
September 22nd, 2014  
@bobfoto It sounds as if all the tribesmight be happier if they weren't unified under one government. What about Malaria?
September 23rd, 2014  
@grammyn - just prior to Independence, there were 15 distinct regions or Provinces and this is slowly creeping out to 21, but there are still the 800+ languages/clans in those 21 and each are fiercely cautious of each other. It can be argued that in the coastal regions where Malaria has always been present and also the main controller of population, fighting over land and food has always been trivial and sporadic, whereas up in the Highlands of New Guinea where there is no Malaria and there is a huge population, the main influence of longevity and population has been tribal fighting and deaths over land borders and food production. It is in the mountains that violence is inherent, but in the past 50 years, it has been discovered that expansion and distribution and opportunity can be discovered in the cities and they're all on the coast. The melting pot continues and malaria is trying to maintain populace but we keep trying to prevent it....
September 23rd, 2014  
Great shot
September 23rd, 2014  
@chris17 - thank you.
September 24th, 2014  
October 5th, 2014  
@amandal - thank you for the fave.
October 5th, 2014  
Awesome shot, a fav!
October 10th, 2014  
@leananiemand - Thank you.
October 11th, 2014  
Great portrait.
November 15th, 2014  
@kjarn - thanks.
November 15th, 2014  
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