Kristian Rouz — Several member-states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are touting massive infrastructure investment into Papua New Guinea in wake of the organisation's summit in that country. The effort is spearheaded by the US and its allies — mainly, Australia — as they seek to counterbalance the rising influence of Mainland China in the Asia-Pacific. © AP Photo / Color ChinaAPEC Summit Focuses on US-China Trade Row, Globalisation IssuesIn an announcement on Sunday, the US, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia said they would invest $1.7 bln in the Papuan economy to help the country develop a modern electric power grid. The so-called Pacific infrastructure plan is seen as seeking to offset China's "yuan diplomacy" — amid Beijing's effort to advance its loans into regional economies to bolster its geostrategic outreach. US … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea Braces for Infrastructure Investment After APEC Summit
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Heavy metal fans have evolved to communicate with each other like remote tribes in Papua New Guinea, a study by UCL anthropologists has found. They have rules for behaviour in the front-of-stage “mosh pit” that are passed down by “elders”, there are gift-sharing rituals at concerts and dark cathartic music, which mirror rites among Papuan tribes that have changed little in 40,000 years. Lindsay Bishop, a researcher, has spent 10 years studying heavy metal, the loud, pounding style of music that has grown from early followers of the band Black Sabbath in Birmingham into a worldwide culture with millions of fans in almost every country. Ms Bishop said her research demonstrated how fundamental were... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Heavy metal fans communicate like remote Papua New Guinea tribes, study finds
DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?
THESE powerful images capture the spear-wielding tribespeople of Papua new Guinea who believe they are imbued with the spirit of the crocodile. They show how the Kangunaman clansmen scar their backs to resemble reptile scales while the Huli Wigmen wear elaborate headdresses to signal they are ready for battle. The Kunai men - armed with spears, bows and axes - are pictured with striking red, black and yellow paint on their faces. Northern Irish photographer Trevor Cole took the stunning images during a gathering of tribes known as a Sing-Sing. Here, the clans come together to show off their own cultures, dances and music. "I always like to think that humans are inextricably connected to their environment," said 61-year-old Cole. He added: "People adapt to climates and landscapes, therefore they are a reflection their natural habitats." There are believed to be 65,000 Huli tribesmen living in the Tari Basin, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Flooding, crop damage and deforestation … [Read more...] about Incredible pics of Papua New Guinea’s tribespeople who believe they carry the spirit of crocodiles in their souls
TV presenter Will Millard has spoken of the “tourist economy” he observed when embarking on his latest documentary about a tribe in Papua New Guinea, which saw members “putting on a performance for the benefit of rich tourists”.Last week the BBC issued a statement about a 2011 episode from the series Human Planet which it says “breached editorial standards” by inaccurately portraying an element of life of the same tribe Millard has re-visited, the Korowai.In the forthcoming BBC Two series My Year With The Tribe, during a trip to a treehouse, tribe members tell Millard the raised constructions “are not our home” and that they were “commissioned for filming”.Talking on BBC Breakfast about the programme, he said: “We wanted to try and do something different with this series, so that was why I spent so much time, you know, this wasn’t just going to be a snapshot of their life.Brilliant time on the … [Read more...] about Tribe put on performance for benefit of rich tourists, says TV’s Will Millard