Situated near the foot of Mt. Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea’s highest peak, the Chimbu tribe of Mindima village lives communally. Families care for pigs and other domesticated animals and grow small vegetable gardens. Daily life has undergone some major changes since the arrival of missionaries in Mindima in the 1930s, but one thing remains unchanged: the tribe’s unique — and unforgettable — skeleton sing sing.
Mindima, Papua New Guinea, 5°59'21.0"S 144°50'38.8"E
A simpler past
Alfonz is the head of the Brugl family who have been living in Mindima for at least five generations. The original family members came from the foot of Mt. Wilhelm to establish the village. He recalls the way things used to be in the older, simpler days when trade was accomplished mostly through barter and the whole village used to pull together to help each family.