ATRIGU


WHAT IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY OF LIfE

"IMITATION OF A GHOST, OR a SPIRIT COULD WARD OFF EVIl; MAKE SOMEONE SUCCESSFUL FISHERMAN OR a HUNTER. furthermore, IT IS Believed that it can CAUSE A TRIBE TO BE VICTORIOUS DURING a FIGHT"

In the highlands of the central part of Papua New Guinea there is a big piece of land covered by forest and shrubs, inhabited by several hostile tribes who are in a state of armistice. But any small argument between any of the clans can outbreak a war with ease. Atrigu people are considered among the friendliest in that region. They are hard working and take good care of some primitive gardening where they plant sweet potato or as they call them Kaokao. Atrigu live in small traditional houses made of bamboo with circular or rectangular shape. They are built with low roofs to keep the interior warm from the cold nights. Usually cooking is done in open-space together.

WHERE Atrigu LIVE


Atrigu neighbors the territory of Arango people in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. I was surprised by Atrigu warm welcoming and effortless communication. 

People from the high land


YEPIMAGO, ATRIGU WARRIOR

Yepimago is one of the elders in Atrigu. His face is covered by red color made of a secretive clay. It is used mainly by warriors and represented human life. Symbolism is widespread across the valley and many things carried obvious or hidden meaning. As inspiration the tribe used the nature surrounding them as well as all phenomena observed thru their existence.

Kundu is a traditional music instrument common for the tribes across Papua New Guinea. It is a kind of membranophone (drum) that produces sound by the vibration of a stretched skin. Usually Atrigu people used the skin of a lizards or snakes for the making of Kundu. For the Atrigu the sound of the Kundu as with everything had important meaning. It represented the sound of the ancestors. 

WIRI, ATRIGU WARRIOR

Many superstitious beliefs and practices are connected with decoration. In this case, Wiri uses yellow color to demonstrate a blessing by God and body full of super power. This is supposed to build respect in his fellow clan members as well as to frighten enemies. However, the stronger, respected and more skillful a worrier, the precious is his head as a trophy. In battle opposite tribe’s leaders are often beheaded and later eaten. Their sons are frequently also killed. By doing this the winning tribe is giving signal to any future rivals that a particular tribe is conquered and similar destiny can follow any other opponents. Cannibalism is used not as a food supply, but rather as a form of collecting power from others.

ARANGU WARRIOR

OKIRO AND HER KID

The necklace is made of a big shell called "kina". Is the same shell locals used instead of money, especially at a time when they have to make a big purchase such as land, pig or a new wife. A hole is drilled in the middle of the shell after soaking it in water for a few days in order to soften it. The white color of the shell symbolizes the bones and strength of this warrior. When deciding to get married family members offer pigs along with “kina”. In exchange the bride will have to look after the groom’s relatives and give birth of 6 to 10 kids.

We can serve only what we love, we love only what we understand, we understand only what we are thought

-Atrigu proverb

ATRIGU TRIBE

Art holds spiritual and ceremonial meaning among Atrigu people. Since all artifacts are made by had, it is impossible to find two alike. And all of them are quite unique.