National Geographic : 1962 May
Old enemies become friends in the fun of an intertribal fair FROM MOUNT HAGEN the invitations went out: "Come to the fair." Back from the clans came the word: "We accept." For months the fairground bustled with prepara tions. Long houses rose to accommodate the guests, and tons of sweet potatoes, sugar cane, and tobacco filled storerooms. Days before the carnival opened, tribesmen carrying drums and bird-of-paradiseplumes began the walk to Mount Hagen. Some traveled more than 100 miles. New Guinea's biggest party, the fair last September drew between 50,000 and 70,000 natives and 1,000 European guests. Some entered animals in the livestock show; others competed in bicycle races and log-sawing contests. But for most, the fair served as a sing-sing, a time for displaying wealth, parading in paint and feathers, dancing, andfeasting. BUBBLE-GUM BLOWER keeps tradition'sfacial tattoos. BEARDED AND CROWNED, a pig raiser takes his entry to the stock show.