Nieuw Guinea, 4 februari 1994

Men dressed for a 'Sing-sing', Nondugl, Central Highlands of New Guinea. During past centuries, the area now known as the Territory of Papua and Trust Territory of New Guinea has been the meeting place and melting pot for hundreds of different groups of black and brown people, so that today there is no typical Papuan or New Guinea islander. Scattered throughout the territories are different tribes of different peoples, speaking hundreds of different tongues. Languages, cultures and costumes may and freguently do differ as between villages only few miles apart. This area is a truly fascinating study for the anthropologist, who is quick to note the differing racial characteristics as between different villages and even inhabitants of the one village. Probably the mystery of the various origins of these peoples will never be completely unravelled.

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