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    Default Motuans of Papua New Guinea.



    Motuans tribe are the indigenous inhabitants of the Capital Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.









    THE Motuans are the original inhabitants of the National Capital District and Port Moresby. Their ancient tribal culture, though having been exposed to that of the white man, still exists today.

    The Motuans, indeed ,adapted well to the changes brought by the early missionaries and colonisers as they are naturally a diplomatic people who approach situations in a non-aggressive manner.

    The Motuans were tribal seafarers, gardeners, hunters and fisherman until 1872, when the first Christian missionaries arrived.

    Port Moresby Motuan villages participated meaningfully in the social, economic and political developments which later pushed for Papua New Guinea to be an independent state in 1975.

    The Motuans’ traditional language is Motu but a creole version known as Police Motu developed with colonialism.

    New Guineans from the north who came to Papua blended Pidgin with pure Motu and a bit of English to create this new language which is the commonest form of Motu heard in modern times.

    This new birth of language was mostly used by the Policemen or colonial patrol officers, hence its name Police Motu.

    Motu speakers from Port Moresby villages were taught English at their mission school and many found clerical or other jobs in Port Moresby. However, before World War II, most Motuans from Moresby villages continued with traditional subsistence activities.


    A Motuan Village

    Today almost all Motu men and many women work in the town, though retire to their traditional villages at the end of the working day.

    Although the Motuans have embraced modernity the practise of bride price payment is still important to the people. When a man takes a wife he and his clan pay the bride’s family a sum which can include food, pigs, chickens, cash and even vehicles.

    Bride price ceremonies are often seen in the villages and are occasions of great celebration and feasting.

    Marriage among Motuans today has changed from pre-contact days. Today, the people are monogamous but previously men of status and wealth often had several wives.

    Marriages were also arranged in traditional times, and there were many restrictions on potential spouses. Child engagement was quite common and gift exchange occurred frequently until the final bride price was paid and the marriage was finalised.

    Motuan kinship and family structure is similar to that found in other Pacific Island nations. A Westerner might distinguish between one mother and an aunt, but the Motuans have no separate words for “mother” and “aunt.” Instead, both are referred to by the same term.

    Though Motuans, nowadays, wear Western clothing, for traditional ceremonies and dances, they will don traditional garb. For the women, this consists of colourful grass skirts. The upper bodies are uncovered and, in thecase of older ladies, tattoos are displayed.

    For ceremonies and other important occasions, both men and women oil their skin. Feathers, flowers, and leaves are used to decorate the hair and were also placed in arm-bands worn on the upper arms.

    Traditional dances are still performed on important occasions such as such as bride-price payments, weddings, and canoe races – and for tourists who visit Motuan villages.

    A visit to a Motuan village is a pleasant experience. As typical Pacific Islanders, the villagers are extremely friendly and always greet visitors with a smile and a wave.

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    can i pass for a motuan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdnglv View Post
    can i pass for a motuan?
    I would not doubt it. lol

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    http://blonsky.photoshelter.com/image/I0000XlW.gJRvids
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    I did not know what to think at this guy at first, odd appearance for some reason, and i don't know why?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister G View Post

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    I did not know what to think at this guy at first, odd appearance for some reason, and i don't know why?
    he has a southeast asian face but with kinky hair texture and the color of his eyebrows doesnt match his hair color

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdnglv View Post
    he has a southeast asian face but with kinky hair texture and the color of his eyebrows doesnt match his hair color
    I was thinking the same thing, for some reason the hair looks fake, maybe part of some tribal getup, but it could be real as well.

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    This man bears a striking resemblance to the Masuane of Ceram(Maluku),from his dress to his phenotype...

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    is this woman European-mixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilham_indonesia View Post


    is this woman European-mixed?
    Personally, I am not sure if she is European admixed or not, however by judging other photos of Motuan ethnicity, i don't think her appearance is out of the ordinary among this group. Similar to other groups within the pacific as well For example ex Fijian prime minister, Epeli Naitaikau



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    Quote Originally Posted by upyours View Post


    This man bears a striking resemblance to the Masuane of Ceram(Maluku),from his dress to his phenotype...
    You are absolute right, there is definitely a resemblance and obvious cultural connection.

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