National Mask Festival

East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea

 

The National Mask Festival takes place every year on the volcanic shores of East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea. The festival starts at dawn with the Kinavai ceremony, when Duk-Duk and Tumbuan, or male and female spirits, arrive on canoes accompanied by the beating of drums. Mysterious and feared Duk-Duk and Tumbuan are part of the traditional culture of the Tolai people, and are highly respected. In Tolai culture, young boys undergo the initiation ceremony to become part of the Tumbuan society and own a Tumbuan.

The culture of East New Britain Province is at the centre of attention. However, the festival also sees the dancers from other provinces, in particular, from West New Britain and New Ireland, with their traditional and colourful attire, elaborate masks and spectacular headdresses, all representing their unique cultural identity.

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TRIBES OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Chimbu Tribes

Chimbu Tribes

Eastern Highlands Tribes

Eastern Highlands Tribes

Enga Tribes

Enga Tribes

Foi Tribe

Foi Tribe

Hewa Tribe

Hewa Tribe

Huli Tribe

Huli Tribe

Kalam Tribes

Kalam Tribes

Kaluli Tribe

Kaluli Tribe

Maprik Tribes

Maprik Tribes

Sepik Tribes

Sepik Tribes

Tambul Tribes

Tambul Tribes

Western Highlands and Jiwaka Tribes

Western Highlands and Jiwaka Tribes

FESTIVALS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Gulf Mask Festival

Gulf Mask Festival

Bougainville Reeds Festival

Bougainville Reeds Festival

Baining Fire Dance

Baining Fire Dance

National Mask Festival

National Mask Festival

Enga Cultural Show

Enga Cultural Show

Sepik River Crocodile Festival

Sepik River Crocodile Festival

Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture

Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture


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