Tumbuna Show: Small Sing Sing Festival, Big Cultural Experience

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 by veronicap No Comments

Tribes in colorful traditional dress

Papua New Guinea’s biggest tourist attractions are the colorful sing sing festivals that go on throughout the year. The Goroka Show, started in the 50s, attracts hundreds of visitors each year to come experience the brightly colored union of over one hundred tribes in Papua New Guinea. This Goroka Show is definitely a must-see but it can overshadowed by some of the more intimate festivals in PNG, including one of our favorites, the Tumbuna Show.

The Tumbuna Show has over 300 tribesmen and women from 15 local tribes that come together in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Similar to the Goroka show, the tribesmen and women join together for tribal dance and song in a vibrant, traditional dress. Even though the Tumbuna Show is smaller than some of the other festivals in PNG, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on your bucket list. In fact, it has an intimacy that is inviting to all who view it!Traditional Dress at the Tumbuna Show

[Image Credit: Trans Nuigini Tours]

Tumbuna is the local language word for “ancestor”.

This word is the heart and spirit of the festival. Guests can see the tribes dress up in their bilas (traditional dress for the festival) before the dancing portion of the show begins. Around lunch time, an underground oven called a “mumu” is fired up and guests are invited to enjoy the meal with the residents of this ancient culture.

Tumbuna Sing Sing

[Image Credit: Trans Nuigini Tours]

Guests are invited to join in with tribal performers!

The intimacy and friendly nature of the Tumbuna show can be felt throughout the whole ceremony. Visitors are free to explore the village in the Paiyagona Valley to get a true authentic experience of village life in Papua New Guinea. And many guests join in the festivities, dancing and singing with the local tribes.

Experiencing Papua New Guinea up close and personal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ll truly feel welcomed and at home in the highlands of Papua New Guinea as you discover the power and reverence these tribes have for their “tumbuna.”

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