Thirty thousand years ago the Wahgi Valley had some of the most advanced farming practices, and social and political organisations on earth. Today descendants of those early farmers still rely on technologies developed by their forefathers. If you are interested in why, despite their apparent head start, the farmers of the Wahgi Valley don’t rule the world, read Jared Diamond’s critically acclaimed Guns, Germs and Steel, which untangles the thorny issues (none of them race-related) that enabled only some cultures to produce mighty civilisations. There are numerous references to Highland farmers throughout the book.
Wamol village is a great place to experience an age-old way of life. Here you can see the pig and cassowary huts, the sugar-cane gardens and witness karim leg – a traditional courtship song of the Wamol people.
From Hagen catch a PMV to Wahgi Bridge Junction (K10, one hour) and change to a Nondugul Station–bound PMV but get off at Wamol (K5, 30 minutes), from where it is a 20-minute walk.