Scenes from Papua New Guinea

  • Updated: November 29, 2008 - 7:59 AM

Despite Papua New Guinea’s recent push into the global agricultural trade, much of the country remains little changed from the tribal rules that have dictated norms for centuries. Strictly observed tribal borders meant little intermingling between the islanders and the development over time of some 800 distinct languages, a diversity that today accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s languages. It is home to the world’s third largest rainforest, 12 species of Birds of Paradise, the world’s largest butterfly and some 5.8 million people who mostly live a subsistence lifestyle much like their ancestors.

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