Category — Enga
On a visit to the Enga Cultural Centre, the Take Ande, I was introduced to a legendary Engan leader who through necessity, brilliance, perseverance and very strong internal values, overcame some major hurdles to achieve significant social status and strong tribal influence.
The remarkable aspects of this legendary person was that first, she was a female and second, she had married into the tribe.
Her name was Takime. She was born in around 1911 and married Lapinyo, a man from the Waripa clan of Enga. They had two sons, Keko&Temo, and their marriage was a normal one as it was back in those days. He did all the men’s works and roles in the tribe and as per custom, she looked after the kids, tended the gardens, fed the pigs and attended to all the female roles.
But one day, her husband was killed in a tribal fight. Her sons were still very young and the distraught widow had to make a decision on what to do. She decided that the boys still needed a father.
So she made an extreme option.
Instead of marrying another man, she decided that should be both mother and father to the boys. [Read more →]
March 6, 2013 No Comments
How to Preserve Melanesia; The Engan Experience through the Enga Take Anda Tradition & Transition Centre
In the heart of Wabag Town, the capital of the mountainous province of Enga, lies a masterpiece of cultural learning and preservation.
The Enga Take Anda (pronounced Takkeh Andaa) Tradition & Transition Centre is a beautifully designed building that houses a great collection of Engan traditional and modern history, organised fantastically as exhibitions.
These exhibitions include wall montages, reprints of old and historic photographs, documents, stone artefacts, carvings, wigs, miniature buildings and examples of Engan architecture, explanations of folk lore and folk songs and more.
March 26, 2012 4 Comments
While much of Papua New Guinea may have celebrated the New Year with partying and alcohol, the people of Surinki, a place once notorious for violent tribal fights, brought in the first day of 2012 with peace and calm.
The community in Enga created their own history when over 3000 members of various churches held a multi-denomination mass on the 1st of January at the open air auditorium of Yaskom Hotel & Resort. [Read more →]
January 15, 2012 2 Comments
“The child who is a warrior now, where is his future tomorrow?”
It was philosophical question, a musing on the place of the traditional warrior in a modern, progressive Enga.
The soft spoken Engan gentleman sitting in the drivers seat of his Toyota Landcruiser asked it calmly, the glint in his grey eyes reflected his unwavering belief – that the way to peace in his often violent province can be found with the children.
His name is Yaso Kome.
We had parked the car at a former tribal battleground. There was nothing here at one time; everything that was here, houses, crops, cars, pigs, dogs, and people were destroyed in one of Enga’s notorious tribal fights between enemy clans. [Read more →]
November 11, 2011 3 Comments
One of the most scenic towns in Papua New Guinea is Wabag the capital of Enga.
Surrounded by mist covered mountains with a river running through a gorge in the centre of town and another river, the famous Lai, running around it, the town is green all year round with flowering plants and green pines flourishing beautifully in the cold alpine climate. [Read more →]
October 24, 2011 3 Comments
If you are ever in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, one thing to do is take a road trip from Mount Hagen to Wabag and upwards to Porgera along the Highlands Highway.
The Highlands Highway is the major road network for Enga. It begins in the coastal towns of Lae and Madang and snakes up into the Highlands Region. The part of the highway that come through Enga passes through Wapenamanda, Wabag, Laiagam and goes as far as Porgera, the site of the giant Porgera Gold Mine. [Read more →]
October 20, 2011 5 Comments
What happens when a dreamer dies in Papua New Guinea? What happens when the shining light of a rural village, the person with the dreams and ideas, the one with the spark, the one who learns from elsewhere and starts a project to teach his people about science and botany, passes away?
If you visit the Waiap Orchid Lodge in Enga, about 1 hour of Wabag, between Surunki and Laiagam along the Highlands Highway, you will find the Waiap Orchid Lodge. Behind the house is a hill, fenced all the way to the top. The fence protects a beautiful forest garden filled with orchids, trees and shrubs, and alive with the sound of birds. [Read more →]
October 10, 2011 4 Comments
Tucked away in a gully in the heart of Surunki lies the passion of an extraordinary villager – an amateur botanical garden filled with unique plants collected from all over Enga.
Albert is a 30′ish’ Engan male who when he was in his early teens asked his brothers to leave some land for him to build a special garden. He called it his Orchid Garden because he did not really know what else to call it. [Read more →]
September 18, 2011 No Comments
There was a duck, a beautiful black duck with yellow spots watching us as we approached the edge of the lake. I took up the camera to take a picture, but the bird wasn’t interested. It calmly fluttered its wings and flew further into the lake, stirring up the waters as it went.
A breeze blew across the lake creating waves that rippled towards the edge.
It was beautiful day in Enga Province – a part of the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The sun shone brightly, its light glistening off the waters. But it wasn’t a hot day. It was nice and cold here. [Read more →]
September 10, 2011 1 Comment
With muddy shoes and dirty jeans, a mud stained black jacket and digital camera in one hand and a video camera in the other, I boarded the Air Nuigini Dash 8 flight back to Port Moresby for Wapenamanda Airport, Enga Province on a beautiful and cold Monday morning in August.
The air hostess gave me a quizzical look and then half smiled at me when I smiled at her. I was minutes late. She wasn’t happy with me getting mud on the plane’s clean carpet. Oh well.
I was pumped, talking to everyone on the plane.
Less than an hour before I was hiking across sweet potato gardens, down dug out tracks with walls of red soil carpeted with green moss, slipping and sliding over mud, soil and rocks, crossing a slim wire bridge with-do-it-yourself repairs just to stand in front of the thundering, roaring Yuo Waterfall as it’s spray drenched me in seconds, all the while taking videos and photos. [Read more →]
September 6, 2011 No Comments