THE LOVELY LADIES OF SIMBAI HIGHLANDS TRIBE . PNG

LOVE DAY IN WILD PAPUA NEW GUINEA

How many women can say they slept until ten in the morning on their wedding day?  I CAN!  I arrived at my Papua New Guinean mother’s hut with no makeup, no wedding dress, no expectations.  My focus was only on how happy I was to be there and all the love and sweet energy that was buzzing in the air.  We were the first outside tribe to be married within their tribe, and the community all rallied to make this an amazing celebration. Those women lovingly sewed a possum skin bra around me and adorned me with beads and flowers.  I, in turn decorated them with disco glitter I had brought along.  It was a magical morning.

Ruben and I decided to get married somewhere neither of us had been before.  There wasn’t much information out there on PNG.  All travel guides were outdated.  So, I started researching blogs.  One place stood out.  Simbai.  Nested high in the mountains it is a village that is unreachable except by prop plane.  It takes days walking through the bush through steep mud slick hills.  With no roads, it is easy to get lost.  Even the locals rarely make the arduous walk into the nearest city, Madang.

This has kept the culture strong and rich and from assimilating to the rest of the world.  Simbai really is like stepping back in time.  Even though it’s people still rely on subsistence farming and still live much the way they did year’s ago, they are a people of progressive growth and open minds.  The chief at the Nukunt (yes Nukunt- pronounced like it’s written- is where I lost my singleness) Guest House  is hungry for new ideas to make their clan thrive.  One night we all came up with the idea- why not share our connections with other folks out there and perhaps make the world just a little smaller?   And that is what sparked the idea to start this website….please enjoy!

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LOGISTICS:

  • DICKSON KANGI, the chief and organizer extraordinaire can be reached through his nephew in Madang:

Esron Dotch edotch@student.dwu.ac.pg

Once you arrive in Madang you can contact Dickson via phone or snail mail:

Phone: (675) 4331226 or (675) 76757421
KALUM GUESTHOUSE
PO BOX 329 MADANG 511
MADANG PROVIDENCE, PNG
  • JOHN CHENG at Island Airways who is the owner of the airline which services the Simbai area
Phone: (675)852 – 2601 or 422 – 2601

*Please let us know if you plan to visit.  We’d love to send down a little care package with you as there is no postal service but only hand carried items by happen-chance.
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SURPRISES

this pig is happy- really

  • PIGS ARE THE MAIN CURRENCY.  THIS FELLOW WAS MY BRIDE PAYMENT

  • OUR FOOD WAS WRAPPED WITH THE CASING OF THE SACRIFICED PIG FOR GOOD LUCK.  NOT FOR THE PIG THOUGH….

  • BLUE MUD WOMEN- WIDOWS SMEAR MAGIC MUD ON THEIR FACES FOR ONE MONTH AFTER THEIR HUSBAND’S DEATH.  THEY WILL THEM COME FORWARD TO THE CHIEF WITH THE NAME OF WHO CAST THE SPELL CAUSING THE DEATH.  A PAYMENT WILL HAVE TO BE MADE IN THE FORM OF A LIFE OR A PIG


  • BUGS FOR PROTEIN.  UMM!  PIGS ARE ONLY EATEN ONCE A YEAR DURING THEIR SING-SING (GROUP WEDDING), OR WHEN SILLY WHITE FOLKS ASK THEM TO MARY THEM OUT OF SEASON…

  • NOSE HOLES ARE SIMBAI’S TRADEMARK.  LATER ON IN OTHER PARTS OF PNG WE COULD RECOGNIZE THEIR RELATIVES
  • 841 DIALECTS ARE SPOKEN IN PNG.  OF THOSE, 830 ARE LIVING LANGUAGES AND 11 HAVE NO KNOWN SPEAKERS.