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Papua New Guinea : Discover the country's culture

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$$ This lively journal recounts the artistic path followed by the Chambri, an ethnic group from the North of Papua New Guinea: oral, graphic and pictorial.

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Guides

"Papua New Guinea" (Lonely Planet).
"Bushwalking in Papua New Guinea" (Lonely Planet).

Music

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Anslom, "Crazy best of" (Mangrove 2003).
Anslom is an artist from New Ireland, in the South West of Papua New Guinea. This seventeen track compilation is a blend of reggae and ragga, without forgetting ballads and Papuan rhythmic songs.

Papua New Guinea : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

XVIc, discovery of New Guinea by the Portuguese.
1828, the Dutch, already established on the island a long time, take possession of the West (now Indonesian Irian Jaya).
Mid-XIXc: the British attempt to settle in the East.
1884, in order to counter the colonial views of the English, Germany take possession of the North-east area and several islands of the archipelago which they keep until 1914.
1906, the Australians run the South-eastern part of the country.
1921, after the war, the German zone goes under Australian mandate.
1930-1935, several expeditions are organized by Europeans to the Highlands where they meet tribes yet unknown.
1942-1945, occupation of several islands of the archipelago by the Japanese.
1963, Irian Jaya is passed over to Indonesia by the Dutch, beginning of the Indonesian colonisation.
1975, after a two year period of autonomy, the independence of the eastern part of the island is proclaimed. It becomes Papua New Guinea, a member of the Commonwealth.
1989, period of unrest on Bougainville island, which declares itself independent. Papua imposes a blockade and sends troops to protect the copper mines, its main source of wealth.
1998, the signature of a ceasefire agreement allows a progressive peace process.
July 1998: a tsunami devastates the North coast, killing over 2,000 people.

Papua New Guinea : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

January 1st.
New Year.
January 6-7th.
Madang culture festival.
February 22nd.
Kavieng festival, in New Ireland.
April 24th.
Easter celebrations in churches.
End of May.
Kula festival.
June.
Port Moresby culture festival.
June 12th.
Queen of England's Birthday.
Early July.
Yam harvest festival, on the Trobiand islands.
July 23rd.
Remembrance day.
Mid-August.
Mount Hagen festival, followed in mid-September by Goroka's. They are the two major shows in the Highlands.
September 16th.
Independence day. Sing-sings take place all over the country.
December 25th.
Christmas Day.

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