Yam Festival | Papua New Guinea | Melanesian Ethnicity |
Yam Festival – Melanesian Ethnicity, Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea. Drumming Square Dance is a folk and festival dance performed by the kiriwina young girls in the Yam Festival.
Melanesia is a subregion of Oceania (and occasionally Australasia) extending from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji.
The region includes the four countries of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea.
Besides these independent countries, Melanesia also includes:
New Caledonia, West Papua, Maluku Islands.
From June-August the Milamala Yam Festival is held. It is the time of the year when the Trobriand’s harvest their yam.
It starts with a procession of men carrying the newly harvested yam from the garden storage hut to the village yam houses, while the women ahead sing and dance.
During the festival, traditional rites are observed. It was from Malinowski’s anthropological studies of the customs and sexual practices during this time that the Trobriands became known as The Islands of Love
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Thank you – Anarhi