Michael Mel

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Michael Mel is a Papua New Guinean academic in visual arts at the University of Goroka, curator, philosopher, musician and playwright. Mel was born in 1959 in Wila near Vulcano Hagan in the Western Highlands.[1][2]

As an artist Mel principally specialized in performance and installation art and body painting. Furthermore, he is known for his Chanted Tales, traditional historic stories of local people that serve for passing social responsibility and morality. Mel exerted himself to it that people obtained access to them again, since they had fallen into oblivion since English language had become the principal language in the country.[1][2]

In 2006 Mel was honored with a Prince Claus Award for his key role in the cultural development of the communities of the highlands of Papua New Guinea.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Hailans to Ailans, biography
  2. ^ a b De kracht van cultuur, Michael Mel: "I had to re-learn my own language", Tony Gwyn-Jones (December 2006)
  3. ^ Prince Claus Fund, profile
  4. ^ Prince Claus Fund, award winners of 2006