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Metaphors of Identity

Tradition and Bilas in Papua New Guinea

Michael A. Mel


Specific clan identity and acknowledgement of achievement is demonstrated in the bilas of this dancer from Mekeo (Central Papua)• Photograph Cochrane PNG Archives, University of Wollongong.


Papua New Guinea is dotted with many unique and different cultures. Researchers have been able to identify more than 700 different language groups. This is testimony to the diversity of cultures within the nation. Culture as a word has gained wide popularity and this means that there are a range of meanings. For our purposes…

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