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Markham Banana Tsitsipi Festival



Friday 11/07/03: A very exciting day for local and overseas tourists to watch how the Tsitsipi is raided and clan elders to respect their ancestors

Tsitsipi will raise against the coconut tree. The climax of raising of Tsitsipi and singsing will include the elders of a clan which organizes the Tsitsipi to come out with a romantic plant roots and other leaves to be chewed and spitted on the poles that are raised against the coconut tree ‘TSITSIPI’

Karapua in their large quantities are stocked downwards to the bottom of the poles by passing every bunch of banana on to one another to the top last person of the poles to be stocked downwards.

Beating of kundus and more dancing are continued for few days for the celebration and dancing season and pigs are also slaughtered at the third day the final day. Normally the Tsitsipi is always prepared two days before the celebration takes place, so the publics do not see the secret. But because of the local and overseas tourists attraction it has to be done within the celebration days.

Saturday 12/07/03: Celebrations continue on with various colorful head dresses within and surrounding districts of Morobe and other provinces to add bit of a flavour, while celebrating our only main staple diet, for 25,000 Markham Valley people along the Markham, Highlands and Madang Highway.

Adzera Pottery

Various Adzera pottery villages: Zumim, Arifiran, Antiragin, Ragiampun, Raginam and Wankung villages will be on full demonstration from patting the clay, coiling, shaping, putting finishing touches, firing, treating and cooking in them with coconut milk for the tourists and public taste and also most pots on display will be on sale at the end of the third day of the festival.

Sepik Initiation

Yamuk village of Sepik Big Wara Community in Lae, request has been accepted to demonstrate their initiation secret “katim skin demonstration” during the festival.
Extra K2.00 gate fee will be charged to enter the initiation hut and no photographs to be taken and also no women allowed to enter.

Food Stalls

Food stalls are available within the festival area. Mostly local produced fruits and cooked food to be sold inside the festival.

Law and Order

Law and Order enforcement body both local and Lae are based at the cultural village, led by police station commander chief sergeant Peter Igish.


Tourists refreshment area is opened any time of the day to company and government executives at K50.00 per person and Festival Refreshment Fundraising fee to be paid to Ms Hedwick Tally, Chairman, Mr Jesse Bunum or Deputy Chairman, Mr Buds Botikie. For further information please contact Mr Buds Botikie on phone: 474 9314, Mutzing District office, Kaiapit.

Sunday 15/07/03: Official Opening

9.00am – 11.30am Traditional dancing culture group escort the invited guests to the festival stage.

Markham Valley master potter Bobby Izuk working on a turtle figurine during the 2002 Festival :
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Old 10-07-2003, 12:13 AM
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Invited Guests:

1. Hon. Mr Peter O’Neil
2. Mr Andrew Baing - A/Minister for Culture and Tourism Minister for Fisheries and Member for Ialibu Pangia Open
3.Hon Luther Wenge
4. Sir Peter Barter - Morobe Provincial Governor - Minister for International & Provincial Affairs
5.Hon Mr Nick Kuman
6.Professor Loss Eastcott - Chairman - PNG and Board Member
Tourism Promotion Authority National Culture Commission
7. Mr Paul Baker
8.Mr Muttu Gware - Chairman - National Cultural Commission - Morobe Tourism Bureau &Morobe Prov. Cultural Council
9. Mr Allan McLay
10. Mr Bob Sinclair - President - Businessman - Lae Chamber of Commerce - Lae City Council
11. Mr Boyamo Sali
12 Mr Tani Marabe - Lord Mayor - Kaiapit Community Leader
Lae City Council
13. Mr Hugh Greeh
14. Mr Jim Meharg - Manager - Gusap Cattle Ranch - Niugini Oil Company - Gusap – Ramu Sugar Ltd
15. Mr Nica
16. Mr Keith Kingston - General Manager - K.K Kingston – Lae
17.Mr John Roso
18. Mr Phil Franklin - FTM Construction – Lae - Australia Consulate General
19. Mr. Bruno Luvi
20.Mr Nestor Defensor - Manager – ABCO Transport - Frabelle Fishing Company

Guest Speakers:

1. Hon. Mr Nick Kuman
Chairman – TPA

2. Mr.Phil Franklin
Australia Consulate General

3. Hon Mr Luther Wenge
Morobe Provincial Governor

4. Hon. Mr Andrew Baing
Minister for Fisheries

5. Hon. Mr Peter O’Neil
a/Minister for Culture & Tourism

End of Speeches: Invited guests to Tourists Refreshment area.

We see you again in July 2004, as this is going to be a District Annual event to attract the overseas tourists.

Markham Women performing in formation 2002 :
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