Telefomin

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Telefomin
An image of Telefomin from space, the Sepik river can be seen, only a short distance from its source.
An image of Telefomin from space, the Sepik river can be seen, only a short distance from its source.
Telefomin is located in Sandaun Province
Telefomin
Telefomin
Location within Sandaun Province
Coordinates: 5°07′30″S 141°38′30″E / 5.12500°S 141.64167°E / -5.12500; 141.64167
Country Papua New Guinea
Province Sandaun Province (West Sepik)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Location

Telefomin is a station town on the border of Sandaun and Western Provinces in Papua New Guinea. The town started during the Second World War after Mick Leahy was assigned to engineer an air-strip in 1944 for the United States for use against the Imperial Japanese Army forces based in New Guinea.

The Sepik River runs west-east south of the town. The Baptist Mission of Telefomin contains a notable museum and fossils have been found in the area.[1]

The Telefomin peoples are noted for their use of huge conical masks in healing rituals and traditionally have carved designs onto tall boards for the entrances of their houses.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanley, David; Dalton, Bill (1983). South Pacific handbook Moon Handbooks South Pacific. David Stanley. p. 403. ISBN 0-9603322-3-5. 
  2. ^ "Oceanic Art and Architecture". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved July 10, 2010.