New Book Introduces the Beautiful Tufi

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Jan Hasselberg offers unique view into the culture in Papua New Guinea villages.

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Beautiful Tufi is a colorful narrative about the people, culture and life at Tufi, Papua New Guinea.

The book paints a picture of the peoples’ daily tasks, special occasions, their surroundings and history, and how they combine their old traditions and ways with adaptations and preparations for the future.

After several visits to Papua New Guinea, Jan Hasselberg became inspired by the beauty and culture that surrounded him that he returned to write Beautiful Tufi.

“During my first stays at Tufi, I learned that the area has a very dramatic and interesting history, and a great wealth of natural treasures,” Hasselberg says. “To experience a place where the natural environment is still a fundamental part of everyone’s lives made a deep impression on me, and this is some of what I have tried to express in my book. Here I was also met with great warmth and hospitality, which made it natural for me to go back and find out what more the area has to offer.”

In Beautiful Tufi, Hasselberg follows a number of individuals, some in dramatic situations and some in their every-day chores. He follows them in the rainforest, in their gardens; fishing on the reefs and taking a dinghy to town. The text is supported by a large number of the author’s own photos and some from historic archives.

About the author:
Jan Hasselberg is a teacher, photographer and writer. He currently lives in Bergen, Norway where he works as a secondary school teacher focusing on History, Geography, English and Music.

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