Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer in Abu Dhabi: Huli wigmen of Papua New Guinea

The Huli wigmen from Papua New Guinea were one of the performers of the recently concluded 3rd Annual Summer in Abu Dhabi Festival, which showcased hundreds of performers from 15 countries across four continents, organized and presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

Photos shown below were taken a month ago at Marina Mall in central Abu Dhabi and have been sitting in my file archives for a month. While I was looking for photos to be uploaded in my facebook account, I saw these photos and here I am....staring blankly in front of my computer while thinking of something to write. Honestly I am a bit hesitant to post these photos ever since the day that I saw these wigmen dancing while some of  the audience were laughing, but at the back of my mind, I want to share it with you guys, just in case you'll be interested to know something about them and my thoughts. So here it goes.  

My quest to unravel my misconceptions about culture diversity strikes again when I saw these Huli wigmen dancing and chanting some unintelligible words, which almost mimic the sound of the chirping birds. As I moved closer to the stage, I became more interested to know them...the face and body make up, the wigs, the costumes, and the hand drums.

As I pointed my lens through the performers' direction while they were all dancing and while I was looking at the reactions of the audience, I kept all my senses ready to accept and understand every perspective that I was looking for. I came to realized and I must say that these men were the best performers that I have ever seen albeit their looks, costume and unintelligible sounds were something different to me (and to the other audience, I reckon). I may not further elaborate my thoughts but if there's one word to describe them and their performance, it will be AWESOME.

the Huli wig men

Yhet, my sister-in-law and Ghet with the Huli wigmen
Summer in Abu Dhabi official logo
Since I don't have any information about the Huli wigmen because it was the last show for that day and I wasn't able to talk to the organizers, I have searched some info with the help of Mr. Google :)) If you'd like to check it out, just click the links provided below. Thank you.
Word of the day: zain is the Arabic word for good. Say you want to imply the word superb or excellent, you can say siyada zain.

Have a great start of a new week my blogger friends. Salaam!


  1. Nakita ko din sila last month nung nagpunta ko sa Marina Mall :)

  2. interesting! ^0^
    it would be fun to see their performance and like you, i would definitely be curious as well.

    ps: i love the mezyad fort posts!
    that is such an amazing sight! ^0^

  3. your photos are fabulous. nice to learn something new from different cultures.

  4. How ancient they seem to be. Makes one feel good, that life and time are still able to allow people to get a glimpse of it. Great pictures indeed. Thanking you very much for your kind and supportive words. Please have you all a great Tuesday.

    daily athens

  5. That's an interesting fact, thanks for sharing!

  6. Nice naman at napicturan m0 sila.11yrs nako dito never pak0 nakawatch ng mga perf0rmance pag festival dito pero yearly mer0n.

  7. I would have loved to watch them. I discovered quite a long time ago that I like ethnic songs and dances much, much more than "civilized" ones. They're primal and earthier, and I like how my heart beats along with them.


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