Historical ties between Russia and Papua New Guinea were established about 150 years ago. It starts with the expedition of the great Russian scientist, humanist and traveler N. N. Miklouho-Maclay, who in 1871 became the first European landed in the Northeastern part of New Guinea Islands and lived there for 2.5 years. By right of the first European, he gave the name «Maclay Coast» to this coast, that 300 km long.
Due to his patience, goodwill, and courage, N. N. Miklouho-Maclay earned the trust, love, and devotion of the New Guineans. In fact, it was he who discovered to the world the natives of the Maclay Coast and their unique culture.
It’s safe to assume that the stay of the great Russian scientist-humanist in New Guinea Island marks the beginning of cultural exchange between Russia and Papua New Guinea.
Nowadays the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation, founded by the descendant and full namesake of the great Russian scientist N. N. Miklouho-Maklay Jr., has been successfully implementing projects in the cultural, humanitarian and educational areas both in Russia and in Papua New Guinea in recent years.