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    Mendi Markets: Highland Tobacco Traders

    by dayfiel Updated Jan 19, 2006

    while looking at the range of tobacco for sale the guys selling the leaf tabacco told us that if we wern't keen on tobacco and want something a bit stronger they also had a good supply of "Gunga" for sale

    Mendi Tabacco Traders

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    Bead Necklaces & Artifact Jewelry

    by jadedmuse Written Dec 19, 2005

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    The women seemed to compete with the men here, selling their artifacts which consisted primarily of beaded jewelry, headpieces and baubles - much like the Karawari villagers had.

    The items would usually be displayed right on the ground, and the women were never pushy about selling...they were almost shy about it. My guess is that tourism was still a relatively new concept so there were no expert vendors here.

    It sounds so casual of me to say that these things made great gifts...but they did.

    And as I also mentioned in the Karawari section, it was difficult to go through a village and not purchase at least a little something - knowing that this was one of their main sources of money (like it or not, that's what tourism brings in the name of progress).

    Spreading the wares on towels
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    Beautiful Sepik Wood Carvings & Masks

    by jadedmuse Written Dec 19, 2005

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    Each village was proud to display their painted wooden carvings...usually produced by the men passing the time in the Haus Tambaran.

    I brought back some very cool masks and have them on display in our home today. I think they are very specific to the region, and don't at all resemble Asian or African masks (at least not in my opinion).

    I also brought back a small version of a carved wooden woman with her legs spread, symbolic of the Sepik male's "rebirth" process inside the Haus Tambaran.

    What to buy: Wood carvings and masks

    What to pay: It's easy to bargain with the villagers who are eager to receive hard currency. As with any culture, respecting the locals and not driving the price into the ground will earn you a unique and meaningful piece of local artisanry...and the memory, priceless.

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    Shopping in the Highlands

    by jadedmuse Written Dec 19, 2005

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    This woman was selling breadfruit and avocados by the side of the road. We pulled the jeep over so that I could buy a couple of avocados from her.

    If you see someone selling something by the side of the road, it's usually safe to purchase from the vendor (and much appreciated).

    It is also a great photo opportunity because there are usually children mulling about, and nobody is shy!

    Make sure you have very small currency denominations...receiving change is highly unlikely.

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    Boroko Shopping Area: Saturday Morning Bustle

    by Bwana_Brown Written Apr 5, 2003

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    One of Port Moresby's main shopping areas was in Boroko, just inland from the harbour area. It had a wide variety of stores to choose from and was usually extra busy on a Saturday morning. Of course the heat and humidity was present even in the early morning hours, so I would usually throw myself into our swimming pool at the end of the expedition!

    Typical Throng of Shoppers
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