Sepik Journey: Travels in Papua New Guinea

Into the heart of the island

Village on the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, early morning. © Bronwen Scott

Years ago, I watched a BBC television series called ‘River Journeys’. It did what it said on the tin: the programme accompanied adventurers, writers, journalists, and academics on journeys along rivers. William Shawcross made his way up the Mekong, Germaine Greer travelled the Sao Francisco, Russell Braddon the Murray. In the opening episode, explorer Christina…