Mount Hagen Women preparing for the 2016 Mount Hagen Sing-sing (or “cultural show”), early in the morning on the first day of the two-day festival. The Ambulua sing-sing group preparing for the festival. Another sing-sing group ready to start dancing and singing for the cultural show. Men painting their faces before the start of the festival. Different sing-sing groups getting ready for the festival in the open field outside of the cultural show arena. Stall selling chips, betel nuts, and cigarettes. Closeup of betel nuts, which are extremely popular in Papua New Guinea – as evidenced by all the red spittle found on every sidewalk in every town. The Bombongara sing-sing group dancing toward the festival grounds at the start of the cultural show. Women sing-sing group dancing toward the arena. Arowa Paia sing-sing group. Closeup of three women in a sing-sing group. Kaiwe K.K. sing-sing group. The Gaim Engaul Kuruware sing-sing group marching/dancing toward the arena. The Mount Giluwe sing-sing group. Another sing-sing group walking toward the arena. A man with five back-up dancers attached to his back. Huxambe sing-sing group. Kunai Brothers sing-sing group. Women beating their drums and singing as they make their way to the Sing-sing arena. Men singing and dancing in the field outside the arena before entering. Woman belonging to the Eka Women’s sing-sing group. Men in the Muyan sing-sing group. Men in a sing-sing group dancing in an arc on the first day of the cultural show. A sing-sing group taking a break between songs. A sing-sing man painted in red. An Asaro Mudman with a penis sheath. Masks of the Asaro Mudmen. Members of the Koma Studio and Junior Rol. sing-sing groups posing for a photograph. A sing-sing group painted up as skeletons. A rat monster character with the skeleton sing-sing group. Two men posing for a photograph. Sing-sing group dancing around the arena in formation. A sing-sing group dancing and swaying to their tune. Another sing-sing group dancing around. A woman with an elaborate costume posing for a photograph. Another photograph of the man with five back-up dancers attached to his back. The Bombongara sing-sing group. Woman with a beautiful headdress that looks like it must have been made from ten or so different birds. Women in another sing-sing group. Local men dancing, stomping, and singing (performing a traditional mating dance) outside the Sing-sing arena after the close of the first day’s festivities. Local women washing their clothing in a stream nearby the Sing-sing arena. Open field in Mount Hagen. People walking along the main street in Mount Hagen. The exterior of the Mount Hagen City Market. Inside the city market. Water apple (or “rose apple”) on sale in the marketplace. Bananas sold at the Mount Hagen City Market. Pure Azz juice. G-spot instant juice drink mix (with Vitamin C added). Bus driving away on a street in Mount Hagen. Banana trees and the countryside at Mount Hagen. The Catholic Church in Mount Hagen. Various sing-sing group preparing for the second day of the 2016 Mount Hagen Sing-sing festival. A girl posing for a photograph on the morning of the second day of the Sing-sing festival. Two women sitting on the ground, taking a break from their preparations. One of the sing-sing dancers with his face already painted. The Polga Culture Bamboo Flute group practicing in the open field outside of the Sing-sing arena. A woman applying make-up to two sing-sing dancers. A woman having her face painted by one woman while another woman puts vegetable oil on the leaves that make up her costume in order to give it a glistening shine. Women sing-sing group marching toward the arena on the second day of festivities. Kend sing-sing group. Worwor Sisters sing-sing group from the Mlil district. The man with five back-up dancers attached to his back. on the second day of the festival. The Muyan sing-sing group. Men and women in the Muyan sing-sing group. The Asaro Mudmen, who come from the area near Goroka village, in the Eastern Highlands. “Wild West Sili Muli Dancers” of Laiagam Enga Province. Men in a sing-sing group dancing in an arc on the second day of the cultural show. Another photograph of the Worwor Sisters sing-sing group. Another view of the “Wild West Sili Muli Dancers” of Laiagam Enga Province. The Hela Wigman Ipa Tangope sing-sing group. The Hela Pog-Era sing-sing group. The skeleton sing-sing group spearing the rat monster. Children in one sing-sing group. Men in another sing-sing group. Women in another group. Children in a different sing-sing group. Kaula sing-sing group. Sing-sing group with silhouettes of bats on their giant hats. Bombongara sing-sing group. Women in a sing-sing group sitting, but still swaying to their music. The backsides of one sing-sing group. Closeup of men marching and singing around the arena. Another photo of the Hela Pog-Era sing-sing group. Woman posing for a photograph. Another sing-sing group dancing and singing in the arena. Two men in the Gaim Engaul Kuruware sing-sing group. The backside of a headdress (with a parrot’s corpse attached) for one of the men within the Gaim Engaul Kuruware sing-sing group. The R.T.K. sing-sing group. The Ambulua sing-sing group dancing around the arena. A sing-sing group dancing and singing in a circle inside the arena. The Solo Arks sing-sing group. Men dancing and beating their drums. Men of the Kund sing-sing group forming a square. Closeup of men in the Kund sing-sing group. “K.R.K. Mox” sing-sing group. Taking a momentary break from dancing in the sing-sing competition. A woman with wonderful plumage. Sing-sing group dancing in a circle. The Gaim Engaul Kuruware sing-sing group. Another view of the Bombongara sing-sing group. Woman singing and beating her drum. Another view of the Ambulua sing-sing group dancing. M3K sing-sing group. A sing-sing group from Madang Province, carrying their provincial flag. A man dancing and beating his own drum. Farm in Mount Hagen. Looking at the surrounding countryside in Mount Hagen. Locals posing for a photograph. A bird’s eye view of the Western Highlands in Papua New Guinea. A river and mountains in Papua New Guinea.