The photos of the Huli Wigmen below were taken at the 1st Port Moresby Cultural Show
held at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresy between the 26th
and 28th of May, 2006.
The Huli live in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. They number over 65,000 and have been living in the area for at least 600 years. They speak Huli, Tok Pisin, and English.
Before special gatherings and seasonal events, Huli wigmen spend hours preparing their costumes and make-up, complete with ceremonial wigs and accessories.
It takes years to grow the hair necessary to construct several wigs, in this case an elaborate ceremonial wig. The wig also contains pigments, bird feathers, flowers and other ornamental elements fashioned by hand.