KOKOPO NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL AND WARWAGIRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019
July 10th to 14th 2019
The National Mask Festival is an annual event that takes place in East New Britain where local tribes gather to display their traditional attires and dances.
The festival usually starts at the break of dawn with a Kinavai Ceremony. This is when Duk-Duks or Tumbuans traverse across the seas, chanting and beating their drums until they reach the shore.
This Kinavai Ceremony is sacred to the Tolai people of East New Britain. It represents the migration of the New Ireland people moving into East New Britain as Tolai people.
The festival program usually begins between 9am to 10am, when local tribes from around Papua New Guinea have a time slot in which they display their different attires,chant songs and dance traditional dances- each with it's own unique story and importance.
We have a total of 840 different language speaking tribes in Papua New Guinea so you can just imagine the diversity of such a country. Each language speaking tribe has different cultural attires,dances,chants & beliefs.It is an experience of a lifetime to watch these tribes performing in their traditional attires with their songs and dances.
This dance is the opening ceremony of the Mask Festival.
It is a scared ceremony preformed to represent the migration of the New Ireland People moving to East New Britain Province as Tolai people.
Duk-Duks (males) & Tumbuans (females) are traditional omens of the Tolai people that arrive dancing on canoes to their chants and beating drums.
Not all Tolai men can dance as a Duk-Duk or Tumbuan until they are initiated this is called WARKINIM.
Where the men especially boys are taken in the mens scared meeting place called the TARAIU then undergo a few tests and accomplishments to enter into the scared traditional society.
The Tolai women are not allowed anywhere near the TARAIU or near a Duk-Duk or Tumbuan if they do so even by accident they will have to pay compensation with TABU traditional shell money of the Tolai people to the Duk-Duk or Tumbuan.
These practices have been passed down from ancestral beginnings but over the years have varied a lot to our modern lifestyle.
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