The Huli are an indigenous people who live in the Hela Province of Papua New Guinea.

They speak primarily Huli and Tok Pisin; many also speak some of the surrounding languages, and some also speak English.

They are one of the largest cultural groups in Papua New Guinea, numbering over 250,000 people and have been living in the area for at least 600 years.

The Huli people are famous for their elaborate and colorful dress. They are proud warriors that have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur.Everlasting daisies are especially cultivated for use in the wigs while their faces are painted with yellow ochre.

They are divided in clans(hamigini) and subclans(hamigini emene) and have a strong and intricate social system. Clans have residential rights within a specific territory, and membership is based on hereditary descent.

Subclans are smaller groups and they operate autonomously and may make war or peace, or pay indemnities, without consulting the larger clan.

The Huli family is extensive; what white people consider cousins, may all be considered brothers and sisters by the Huli. Also aunt and uncles are considered "mother" and "father".

The Huli live by hunting, gathering plants, and growing crops.

They live with pigs, . Pigs are brilliant for gardening purposes. They will rough up the soil, eat any remnant roots, and leave the area in perfect condition for planting.Men in Papua New Guinea hunt using knives, spears and bow and arrows. There are very few guns, so they have to make the most of the weapons they can make using local materials.Men and women still live separately. Unmarried men historically lived in large group houses, although this is exceptionally rare nowadays. When wearing traditional dress, the men decorate their bodies with colored clay and wear elaborate headdresses for ceremonies.


Huli society is polygynist. Men may take multiple wives, but women may only have one husband at a time. Exogamy, or marrying outside the tribe, is the norm. Marriage between close relatives is forbidden.

Marriages may be arranged, but couples may also choose to marry each other. The bride's family receives a dowry, usually paid in pigs or other native livestock.
After marriage, the wife's role is to raise children and care for them, tend her garden, and raise her pigs.

Boys will usually leave their mother's house around age 10 to live with their father.

Divorce is not uncommon, the most frequent cause of which is the wife's failure to bear children. Upon divorce, the husband will attempt to regain the pigs paid to the wife's family at the time of marriage.

"Having one wife is good. Having two wives is great. Having three wives is a big problem"

The Wigmen

The Huli tribe are the most colourful tribe in the whole of Papua New Guinea. Famed for wearing bright colours, their headdresses are made using multi-coloured feathers from the many Birds Of Paradise that are found in the nearby trees and forests.

Men paint their face in the Huli tribe to signify the change from a boy to a man. Once a boy goes through adolescence, he becomes a man and can paint his face with any design.

The wigs are carefully grown and crafted by men in the tribe, with many sacrifices a long the way.

The Huli wigmen have to follow a diet where certain types of food are not allowed, such as pig's heart, pig's fat, and spicy food. They even need to adopt a special sleeping position: perched on one elbow and neck resting on a wooden log - all to ensure a healthy growth of hair.


The Huli people have a diet of yams, manioc, a plant with a large starchy root and sometimes meat from village raised pigs. Wild cassowary or other forest game, such as tree kangaroos and cuscus are also hunted and eaten by the huli people. The first Westerners to visit the highlands in the 1920s were amazed to see vast valleys of carefully planned gardens and irrigation ditches.


The Huli people live in rounded grass huts. These huts are fenced by split-wood fences and mud walls. The compound walls serve a dual purpose of keeping domesticated pigs in the compound and away from the gardens while keeping enemies and evil spirits out. Traditionally, the men sleep in one hut while the women and pigs sleep in another. This practice has been discouraged by western missionaries, and today most villages keep pigs in a third hut.


"THE SPOTS OF GIRAFFES" COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 81X61 cm -PRINT ON PAPER 150 GRAMS -BASE IN WOOD 0,9 cm -BRASS NAILS -WOOL Exposed in Badiani Gallery, Notting Hill - London

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PEOPLE I MET IN THAILAND COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 83x60 cm -PRINT ON PAPER -BASE IN WOOD 1 cm -BRASS NAILS -WHITE WIRE Exhibited at "System Art" - Hemcael Gallery Milan, September 2020

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PEOPLE I MET IN THAILAND COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 83x60 cm -PRINT ON PAPER -BASE IN WOOD 1 cm -BRASS NAILS -WHITE WIRE Exhibited at "System Art" - Hemcael Gallery Milan, September 2020

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