DANCER OF PAPUA NEW GIUNEA (GOROKA SHOW) – 0688

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 Goroka Show – September
Picture 40,000 painted warriors dancing to the rhythmic thud of the Kundu drums and you have just one of the highlights of the The Goroka Show in the Eastern Highlands province. One of the biggest in Papua New Guinea, this popular festival can attract up to 140,000 people from more than 80 tribes around the country. Wearing colourful traditional dress, including face and body paint, feathers, shells and masks, tribes gather at Goroka for a weekend of music, dancing and tribal displays. For two days and two nights, the sound of drums resounds throughout the hills as tribespeople perform traditional dances, their bodies painted in oil and pig grease. There is also an agricultural fair and a Miss Goroka Show beauty pageant.
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From Papua New Guinea
Travel from Feb 2 to Mar 10 (2015)
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NAMIBIAN CULTURAL _ 0645

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The Himba man will tie the cow’s hind legs with the leather strap while milking.

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From Finland
Travel from Jan 08 to Jan 17
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AZTEC CALENDAR _ 0539

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The Aztec calendar is the calendar system that was used by the Aztecs as well as other Pre-Columbian peoples of central Mexico. It is one of the Mesoamerican calendars, sharing the basic structure of calendars from throughout ancient Mesoamerica.
The calendar consisted of a 365-day calendar cycle called xiuhpohualli (year count) and a 260-day ritual cycle called tonalpohualli (day count). These two cycles together formed a 52-year “century,” sometimes called the “calendar round”. The xiuhpohualli is considered to be the agricultural calendar, since it is based on the sun, and the tonalpohualli is considered to be the sacred calendar.
The calendric year may have begun at some point in the distant past with the first appearance of the Pleiades (Tianquiztli) asterism in the east immediately before the dawn light.[1] (See heliacal rising.) But due to the precession of the Earth’s axis, it fell out of favor to a more constant reference point such as a solstice or equinox. Early Spanish chroniclers recorded it being celebrated in proximity with the Spring equinox.
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From Mexico
Travel from May 6 to Mar 23
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AFRICAN LIFE _ 0516

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Maidens at an authentic Zulu Kraal, with its “fence” of broken branches, stir the village meal in large three-legged iron pots
The Zulu are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa and the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10–11 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Small numbers also live in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Their language, Zulu, is a Bantu language; more specifically, part of the Nguni subgroup. They remain today the most numerous ethnic group in South Africa.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 30 to May 22
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DANSEUR NEW CALEDONIA _ 0419

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Festival of the Yam (Mid-March) – Watch the most important event in the Kanak calendar at the sacred Festival of the Yam, which marks the beginning of the yam harvest. In New Caledonia, the yam is treated with the respect usually saved for an ancestor. The yams are blessed the following day by the priest then distributed among the villagers.
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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 8
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ABORIGINAL MARKING FIRE _ 0402

Australian Aborigines performing the ancient art of fire – marking

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From Australia
Travel from Jan 25 to April 7
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KANAK TRADITIONAL DANCE _ 0401

Dance is very important to the native people (the Kanak). The pilou dance for example is a story that encompasses subjects as diverse as birth, marriage, battle, and even cyclones. Colonial authorities originally banned this dance due to the trance-like state it induced and for the ocassional case of cannabilism. Music is also important. Musical instruments used include percussion instruments, bamboo flutes, and conch shells.
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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 3
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MONOLITO (tiwanaku) _ 0398

The most imposing monument at Tiwanaku is the temple of Akapana. It is a pyramid originally with seven superimposed platforms with stone retaining walls rising to a height of over 18m. Only the lowest of these and part of one of the intermediate walls survive intact. Investigations have shown that it was originally clad in blue stone and surmounted by a temple, as was customary in Mesoamerican pyramids. It is surrounded by very well-preserved drainage canals. The walls of the small semi-subterranean temple (Templete) are made up of 48 pillars in red sandstone. There are many carved stone heads set into the walls, doubtless symbolizing an earlier practice of exposing the severed heads of defeated enemies in the temple.
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From  La Paz, Bolivia
Travel from Mar 8 to Apirl 3
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No.39 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

NATIVE CHILDREN IN NEW CALEDONIA _ 0396

Boys are given more freedom than are girls. Valued traits include the ability to defend oneself and face challenges, as well as the traditional indispensable know-how (knowledge of clan history, medicinal plants, and political relationships between groups). Children are considered to have the temperament of a grandparent. Children are all educated in either public or religious schools; however, the failure rate is high.

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Higher Education. To attain skilled jobs, Kanak families now encourage children to receive a higher education. The proportion of Kanak students obtaining a bachelor’s degree has increased.
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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 3
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ECUADOR AMAZONIA _ 0393

The Ecuadorian Amazon is mainly tropical rainforest elevated 400 m above sea level.
The Amazon region of Ecuador is one of the few places in the world where its probably best to travel with a group, with a guide or through a jungle lodge. Unless you are studying, teaching English or consulting on a project in the Amazon, you are unlikely to have enough knowledge about the area to stay safe and, most importantly, to learn about the plants and animals that make the area so special.
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  1. Cofan Indian of the Amazon
  2. Parrot
  3. Záparo Indian of the Amazon
  4. Cuyabeno National Park

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From Ecuador
Travel from Mar 10 to April 2
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PRE-HISPANIC CITY OF TEOTIHUACAN _ 0392

The holy city of Teotihuacan (‘the place where the gods were created’) is situated some 50 km north-east of Mexico City. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. As one of the most powerful cultural centres in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region, and even beyond.

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From Mexico
Travel from Mar 6 to Mar 27
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No.37 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

SENUFO PEOPLE _ 0353

Dances and Traditions
The Senufo are an ethnolinguistic group composed of diverse subgroups of Gur-speaking people living in an area spanning from southern Mali and the extreme western corner of Burkina Faso to Katiola in Côte d’Ivoire. One group, the Nafana, is found in north-western Ghana. The Senufo number somewhere between 1.5 and 2.7 million and speak the various Senufo languages. Korhogo, an ancient town in northern Côte d’Ivoire dating from the 13th century, is the capital of the Senufo people. The Senufo are predominantly an agricultural people cultivating millet, yams, peanut, and rice.
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From Cote d’Ivoire
Travel from Mar 3 to Mar 18
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