Human Planet Explorer
Sometimes life imitates art and sometimes art imitates life – animal life. In Papua New Guinea, tribesmen come together at Sing-Sings where they adorn themselves with the feathers of birds of paradise then mimic the dances that the birds themselves would do to find a mate. Talk about natural selection.
A colourful courtship dance with bird of paradise feathers in Papua New Guinea.
A courtship dance in Papua New Guinea in which the tribesmen wear the colourful feathers of a male bird of paradise to impress women, mimicking the bird’s own mating displays.
Sing-sing is a gathering of a few tribes or villages in Papua New Guinea. People arrive to show their distinct culture, dance and music. The aim of these gatherings is to peacefully share traditions. Villagers paint and decorate themselves for sing-sings.