"Sing sing” dancers, Papua New Guinea, 1998.
Dancers at a sing sing in the highlands of Papua New Guinea take a break. There are over 800 distinct language groups on the island, and these communities have lived for hundreds of years with their unique history, knowledge and cultural practices. But they were often at war with each other, and the sing sings were organized by the government in 1957 in an attempt at pacification—with mixed results. Caution: smoking can be hazardous to your health. From my archives, photographed for a National Geographic article on beauty and what it means in various cultures around the world. @natgeo @thephotosociety #papuanewguinea #travel #culture