FESTIVALS

Experience the true culture and tradition of the Sepik Province. We have a few festivals to choose from.

See our list below.

SEPIK RIVER CROCODILE FESTIVAL

 

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three (3) day event held every year in East Sepik Province. The festival is held in Ambunti-Dreikikir District but sees participating groups from all Districts take part to show their beautiful culture and story.

 

The festival showcases how the East Sepik people’s interactions with the crocodiles is their way of life. Children at a tender age are taught how to hunt, capture and hold a crocodile and this is showcased by them through plays during the festival. Many traditional ‘singsing’ groups perform and each dance tells a story of the village way of life or their unique relationship with the ‘pukpuk’ (crocodile). Also, tourists can see the men or women who have had their skin ceremonially cut to mimic the skin of the crocodile singing and dancing at the festival.

The festival aims to accomplish the following:

- Conserve the mighty Sepik river

- Promote tourism in Ambunti and East Sepik province as a whole

- Encourage the traditional arts & crafts in the province

- Motivate the young generation to learn, practice and ultimately keep alive their culture

- Collaborate and showcase the arts & crafts during the festival

- Bring economic benefits to the rural communities, districts, province and the nation as a whole.

 

The people of the Sepik Province are a very proud people holding onto their traditional beliefs and customs. When they dance and sing – this can be easily seen and felt.

APANGAI VILLAGE YAM FESTIVAL

 

 

Apangai village is in the Maprik District of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea.

The village is in the Abelam Culture area. The area is famous for long high rise Spirit houses, beautiful arts, yam masks, and man size yam harvest and yam festivals.

 

The yam harvest and yam festivals are an annual events after the yam harvest. Apangai village has stood strong against Christianity and strongly gaurd their traditional believes. You can see this inside their spirit house where they established a temple of the fertility goddess. Many villages in East Sepik has lost their unique cultures and arts by the influence of Christianity. Sepik Adventure Tours is previlaged to have established relationships with Apangai village and we have turned their culture into a tourism product.

 

All our tour itinerary use Apangai village as the highlights of our Sepik River canoe adventures. We are very proud, respect and promote the Abelam Culture through Apangai village. You are welcome to take one of our tour packages and see this unique ancient village with modern eyes. MAULU.

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