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Friday, November 16, 2018

Alotau, Milne Bay Canoe Festival

Posted by Jeri on November 10, 2009

Each year in November there is a canoe festival in town.  There are lots of people who come to town for the big event.  There are canoe races, traditional dances, and people selling homemade stuff (food, wooden carvings, woven bags, etc.) in stalls.  Our church had a stall and was promoting a World Bible School campaign that is going on this week.  Here are some pictures from the festival.

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I just had to get a shot of this little girl dressed in her grass skirt.

100_0156  This is taken in front of our stall where our church members sold Bibles, song books, banana chips, popcorn, cake, and other yummy treats as a fundraiser for an event we’re hosting next year.

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The traditional costumes are amazing!  These are just a few pictures of some of the dances that were being performed.  It’s really interesting to see the diversity in dances and dress that represent different parts of PNG.  With over 800 languages in the country, there are just about as many cultures. 

(Our children were a little frightened by the traditional dances, but were intrigued nonetheless.)

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