It really was a jungle out there!

Scéalta Ealaíne

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of wood carving from Papua New Guinea

What amazing wonders you can discover in the attic. Reminders of bygone days and past adventures. I found this old wood carving up there the other day – from Papua New Guinea, would you believe?

Yes, that was an interesting trip, a long time ago, in the early eighties I think…

And it was only fifty years after the Highlands of Papua New Guinea had been “discovered” by white people. The indigenous population was still adapting to Western ways, having been totally self-sufficient before that.

Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn in the Highlands of papua New Guinea

Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Their clothes were made from natural fibres, they were hunter-gatherers, living in small villages in the jungle and tending their forest gardens. Thatched wooden houses, Spirit houses, dug-out canoes… they kept pigs and their wealth was measured by the number of pigs they had.

I remember the security man outside the chemist had a bow and arrow.

In Mount Hagen, it was a bizarre mix…

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