The tribesmen of Chimbu are famous – well at least in Papua New Guinea – for their ‘mudmen’ look. When every other tribe are going hard out in feathers and leaves, these guys have opted for a more earthy (literally) approach. The unfired masks and their mud-smeared bodies are all that they need to make them one of star groups at any highland sing-sing.
Goroko, Highlands of Papua new Guinea
The Goroko Show is a 'singsing' involving traditional dances, singing, ritual performance and feasting and is held annually in September. It's a great time to see not only the mudmen but also other tribes in all their feathered finery.
Written by Dean
Photography by Dean