Funeral (Part 2)

The funeral was just over a week ago, but I’ve been a little slow writing more about it, so here we go. The day before the burial (Friday) was the day I walked out to Hoax’s house with one of our friends, Josh, and gave our “sorry” which I described previously. While we were there,…

Funeral (Part 1)

Last Wednesday, Hoax’s mother passed away. Though we didn’t know her any better than to say “hello,” we certainly know Hoax and wanted to express our sympathy. Doing that here is a little different than in America. In PNG there are cultural traditions, expectations and even demands beyond what we are used to. In order…

Ginalyn

By now most of you know who Hoax is, but if not you can search (top right) for his name and read a few posts about him. We haven’t written yet about one of his daughters, Ginalyn. Here she is: As you can see from this picture, she is wasting away. From Hoax and from…

Watering Hole

Last week I was out and about chillin with one of my homies (a fifteen year old and his family to be specific) and he asked if I wanted to see where they get their water. Of course I did. So he led me, and few younger kids, on a twenty minute hike that started…

Elicitation

    Theory As we spend time learning Pidgin one of our main tactics is known (in our world) as elicitation.* Our strategy is to draw out a phrase or story that might give us insight into something we are investigating within the language. When trying to elicit a phrase it is important to avoid…

Mourning

Hoax, our language helper, recently told us about a tradition here in PNG surrounding the death of a family member. Apparently it was customary to have one’s finger cut off to express the sorrow associated with such a loss. After explaining this, Hoax showed us his mother’s hand. As you can see, the ends of…

Bilum Collection

Here in Papua New Guinea, bilums are all the rage.* Since we don’t want to stand out, we obviously have adopted using them. Now it is hard to tell the difference between us and PNG nationals. This was our first bilum, purchased by Elizabeth in the second week we were here at the street market…

PNG Living

We’ve shown a bunch of pictures of houses here in PNG, but I realized we haven’t shown much of what they look like inside. So to remedy that, here’s the inside of one house. This is pretty typical from what we’ve seen and heard. There is usually a bamboo platform that serves as a bed…