NEWCASTLE - On one occasion in the early 1960s, when visiting Port Moresby with student teachers from the Australian School of Pacific Administration, we heard of a feast and celebration taking place in the coastal village of Tubusereia.
The village is about 20 km by road south-east of Moresby and, on this particular weekend, my lecturer colleague Richard Pearse, some students and I we piled into a LandRover to pay a visit.
When we arrived at Tubusereia we were offered accommodation in a newly completed teacher’s house. I had my movie camera with me – as always – and I took this film which has now been digitised and saved for posterity by the Australian national archives
Tubusereia was built almost entirely out over the water with some houses and the village church on the foreshore.
Preparations for the feast began early in the morning with the women preparing yams, taro and pigs to be cooked in the traditional mumu (pit roast) manner.
Celebrations began with a parade of bananas, which you can see in the video. There was much singing and dancing, fun and frivolity.
Body adornments and decorations consisted of foliage, flowers, feathers and plumes. The weekend was completed by witnessing a beautiful tropical sunset.