The Sepik River in Papua New Guinea

The Sepik River flows down from the central highlands of the main island in Papua New Guinea and into the sea off the North coast.

Over many centuries , small bands of natives isolated by the dense jungle and the distance between villages used the big river as a highway for their commerce. The isolation of tribes here was profound. I read that of about 1,500 languages around the world, almost 750 existed only in Papua New Guinea.

Members of the Rockefeller family were early travelers to these areas. They exported many native art works to museums around the world, and established Papua New Guinea’s main museum in Port Moresby.

In the 1970s, tourist services emerged. Visitors could fly in to a small airport, and a large vessel began offering cruises on a regular basis. Native villagers were encouraged to share their culture, putting works of native art out to sell to the early visitors. I had the great good fortune to be on one of those cruises in the 1970.

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Soaring Above The Sepik River Along The Sepik River Building At Airport Large Canoes Serve As Busses A Village On Stilts
The Sepik Is A Highway For Commerce Fishermen Use Canoes Children Learn Canoing Early A Welcoming Committee Cloud Formations Over Sepik
Decorative Pillars In A Village Face On Pillar Men's Houses Are Large For Gatherings Native Ceremonial Costumes Native Ceremony In Sepik Village
Dancers On Sepik   Visitors In Sepik Village   Jessica With Our Treasures
Village ChIldren On Sepik River Sepik River Handicrafts Local Bus On The Sepik River

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