Journey into Tradition: Immerse Yourself in Papua New Guinea's Cultural Extravaganza - The Skeleton Tribe Festival!

Mark your calendars for an extraordinary event that will captivate your senses and celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage of Papua New Guinea. On June 23, 2024, the picturesque village of Mindima, nestled in the Simbu province, will host the very first Skeleton Tribe Festival. This groundbreaking occasion promises to be a remarkable gathering, bringing together tribes from Simbu, Goroka, Jiwaka Hagen, and a special appearance by the renowned Black-faced tribe from Enga Province.

The Skeleton Tribe Festival will showcase the rich tapestry of indigenous cultures, providing a platform for tribes to share their customs, traditions, and history. One of the festival’s highlights will be the traditional Simbu Bilas, a captivating display of body art adorned with striking feathers as magnificent headpieces. The intricate patterns and vivid colors will mesmerize onlookers, offering a glimpse into the unique aesthetic expressions of the Simbu tribe.


An integral part of the festival will be the presence of Alphonse, affectionately known as the chief or fondly called “Bonedaddy.” Alphonse, the custodian of the Skeleton Tribe’s heritage, will grace the event with his vast knowledge and captivating storytelling. Attendees will have the privilege of hearing the real history of the Skeleton Tribe, its origins, and the legends that have shaped its identity.

As the sun sets on this momentous occasion, the rhythmic melodies of traditional bamboo flutes and the energetic chimbu dances will fill the air. These captivating performances, showcasing the artistic prowess and skill of the tribes, will transport spectators into the heart of Papua New Guinea’s vibrant cultural landscape. The beats of the drums will reverberate through the village, creating an atmosphere of celebration and unity.

Beyond the mesmerizing performances, the Skeleton Tribe Festival will also feature an array of interactive activities that will engage visitors of all ages. Workshops and demonstrations will offer attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant customs of the participating tribes. From learning traditional dances to crafting intricate handicrafts, every moment will be an opportunity to delve into the diverse heritage of Papua New Guinea.

The festival grounds will be alive with a bustling marketplace, where artisans and craftsmen from the tribes will showcase their exquisite creations. Traditional artifacts, intricately woven textiles, and beautifully handcrafted jewelry will be on display, providing a glimpse into the rich artistic traditions passed down through generations.

The inaugural Skeleton Tribe Festival represents a landmark event that transcends borders and fosters cultural exchange. It offers a rare opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the richness and diversity of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous cultures. Through vibrant performances, captivating storytelling, and immersive activities, attendees will forge connections and gain a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of humanity.

As the Skeleton Tribe Festival approaches, the anticipation grows. This extraordinary event promises to be a transformative experience, uniting tribes from Simbu, Goroka, Jiwaka Hagen, and the Black-faced tribe from Enga Province in a celebration of tradition, heritage, and the spirit of unity. Join us in Mindima on June 23, 2024, as we embark on a remarkable journey through Papua New Guinea’s cultural tapestry at the first-ever Skeleton Tribe Festival.