Diego Zanetti photographer

A BABEL IN THE FOREST (West Sepik, Papua New Guinea)

UnA BABELE NELLA FORESTA (West Sepik, Papua Nuova Guinea)

In the West Sepik, the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, over seven hundred languages are spoken. This island is only one hundred kilometres from Australia, and here there is no time, the population live in small villages “sunk” in the forest that still covers eighty percent of the territory. Malaria is endemic and life expectation reaches forty years. In the most remote villages, when there are some rare strangers, women wear grass skirts, men and children decorate their faces and show off wild boars' teeth on their chests, singing and dancing the tumbuna sing-sing, the traditional dance. They challenge proudly inlaid spears and arrows.

 

 

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