In the rugged region of Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands is a culture only recently known to the outside world.
It’s a place of ritual, deep culture and colour, where masculinity is nurtured and revered. Famed for the ornate wigs of its male residents and the bold face paints of tribal gatherings, it’s a unique destination that beckons to be explored.
Here’s a window into the culture of the Huli and the traditions they continue to uphold.
The Huli people
The Huli people have called the mountains and swampy valleys of the Southern Highlands their home for over 1000 years, having eked out an existence based on trade and agriculture.
The culture features a lengthy oral history that tells of individuals and clans in an environment where tribal conflict remains an everyday part of life.
The Huli are considered one of the largest cultural groups in PNG with over 90,000 people. They were first exposed to Europeans in the 1930s when around 50 were killed by adventurers looking for gold.