The ‘Tumbuna’ Show (Tok Pisin for ancestors) is held annually in the beautiful Paiyagona Valley, a 45 minute drive from Mount Hagen. It is a private sing-sing, staged only for guests of Trans Niugini Tours.
The show is attended by over 150 tribesmen and women from more than 12 different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. The show is “small” in comparison to the more famous provincial shows, but its relaxed intimacy and friendliness, combined with its stunning village location make it one of the most memorable shows in PNG. Our guests are treated to watching the groups dress up and prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and are then free to mingle with the performers and even take part in the festivities.
In true “Tumbuna” style for a celebration of this nature a big “mumu” (underground oven) is fired up for lunch and guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents. The Tumbuna Show is a grand celebration of culture and tradition – celebrating ‘pasin bilong tumbuna,’ – the way of the ancestors.