Women near Mount Hagen wearing ceremonial costume made of shells and feathers.

Matt Munro

The Highlands

When European explorers made it into Papua New Guinea’s rugged interior in the 1930s, they didn’t find the unbroken tangle of mountains they had expected. Instead they stumbled into broad, heavily cultivated valleys bordered with sawtooth mountains and home to a million-plus people.


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