”Wherever we stopped people came forward to shake hands. They smiled. There was a warmth, openness and welcome. It is a friendliness that challenges the aggressive stereotypes that prejudice preconceptions of the peoples of Papua. Above all they spoke English, allowing for engagement, a reciprocity that is all too rare in travel today. There was a mutual interest.”

Here are just some of the faces of Papua New Guinea, across ages, across tribes; the people that I had the pleasure of meeting on my last trip.