Middle Sepik attractions

Cultural Centre in Korogo

Haus Tambaran

Korogo has an impressive haus tambaran with a pair of carved eagles at each end of the roof, related to a local myth, as well as colourfully painted pillars and beams, garamut drums with river spirit carvings, cerem…
Cultural Centre in Palambei

Main Haus Tambaran

The main, two-storey haus tambaran features three garamut drums with pig, crocodile and hornbill carvings. Upstairs is a treasure trove of shell-inlaid masks, totems, miniature canoe models and wood carvings depicti…
Cultural Centre in Yentchen

Haus Tambaran

A small, temporary haus tambaran has been built near the ruins of the old one, with hearths inside clay dishes and six garamut drums with catfish, crocodile, and female-figure carvings. Yentchen is noted for its wic…
Cultural Centre in Kanganaman

Haus Tambaran

This small haus tambaran is smoky, covered with long sago leaves and home to a splendid cassowary costume used in ceremonial dances. A female figure with her legs spread welcomes you in; she symbolises rebirth and a…
Notable Building in Kanganaman

Main Haus Tambaran

Kanganaman is famous for the oldest haus tambaran on the Sepik. Declared a building of national cultural importance, it has been renovated with help from the National Museum. It is a huge, rather open building with …
Cultural Centre in Timbunke

Haus Tambaran

Timbunke's cobwebby haus tambaran is a one-storey structure towards the west end of the village. A Lonely Planet author was the first non-local (and first woman) to ever set foot inside. You'll find some splendid ex…
Cultural Centre in Kaminabit

Haus Tambaran

The haus tambaran in the central village features a couple of large ceremonial masks, hook cult figures and garamut drums. Its centrepiece is a crocodile-tailed guardian with a hornbill on his head and genitalia to …
Ruins in Yentchen

Haus Tambaran Ruin

The soaring haus tambaran here was copied from photographs taken at the turn of the century by German explorers of the building standing at that time, but sadly, only the beautifully carved pillars and the roof beam…
Ruins in Palambei

Haus Tambaran Ruin

The remains of a third haus tambaran sit between the other two. It was bombed by the Japanese (or Americans, depending on who you ask) in WWII and all that remains are the large upright posts with carved faces, two …
Cultural Centre in Kaminabit

Haus Tambaran

Right near Bowies Art Store in the first village, this small haus tambaran is the cleanest in the area (no cobweb curtains here) and has Albert the wild pig costume as its centrepiece, as well as a couple of garamut…