Papua is a remote territory of Indonesia where 250 tribes live. “From Spain to Indonesia, with four stopovers and more than 15,000 kilometers away. Two days flying until we meet what will be our guide Norberto, a Canary who has been in the country for more than six years … “ Thus begins the documentary journey of Lucas Goikoetxea and Elena Fernandez, reporters for a Spanish television show Callejeros Viajeros (Street Travelers), from Channel Four, which was recorded in 2009.
Indonesia has the same extent as the European continent. It is the largest archipelago in the world,made up of more than 17,000 islands. Papua is the second largest island after Greenland.
Papua, remote and unknown territory of Indonesia with about 150 tribes. From the high mountains to one of the few intact tropical forests on the planet.
In Bailem Valley there are three types of tribes: the Danis, the Lanis and the Yanis. More than 260,000 members of these tribes live in this valley.
This is an adventure to the heart of the tribes of ‘the Dani’ and the ‘Korowai’. The ultimate goal of this journey will be to reach them, meet them and live with the last cannibals on the planet.
*See this example of a trip to visit the tribes of Papua: Trekking in Baliem Valley – In Search of the Dani Tribe
The first ones we will visit will be the Dani, a tribe that lives in an area at an altitude of five thousand meters. In fact, this tribe was discovered by an American aircraft in 1938.
The Danis are characterized by going completely naked, even when they move to the city, “but the most characteristic thing is that they have their private part covered with a gourd called koteka.” As much or more unique in this corner of Indonesia, it is the figure of the pig, a cult animal “symbol of fortune and main currency of exchange. We bought a small one to offer to the head of the tribe in a sign of thanks to his hospitality.”
Then we move to such a distant and unknown place, which is not yet reflected in many maps of the area. The adventure continues in the heart of the rainforest of Papua, where we discovered one of the tribes that has remained hidden from the outside world until very recently, The Korowai.
The Korowais, living in the middle of the rainforest, are nomadic and form groups of no more than twelve people. They build their houses in the treetops more than 20 meters high.
*See this example of a trip to visit the tribes of Papua: Baliem Valley and Dani Tribe
It’s not a myth, they’re cannibals, “men accused of witchcraft were sacrificed and then eaten by the rest of the tribe’s members.” However, they now claim that they no longer practice these rituals and that they only remember it when they meet with the elders of the tribe.
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