ASMAT TRIBE - Lifetime Experience
the main access to visit Asmat region is by the pioneer flight from
TIMIKA to Ewer. The flight is using a Twin Otter, 15 seats plane.
arrangement in Asmat will take them
to visit several villages where the locals are still living in the
long house called Jow. In addition to this, we will also held some
cultural ceremonies for them.
of the Asmat villages lies either on the
coast or on the riverbank. Therefore no wonder if their houses are
built on stilt, even a small market, small public health centre,
and foot ball yard are built on stilt.
is no hotel available in Asmat, the only possible way is either
to stay at the local house which we call bujang (long house) house,
or on Agats, there is a simple accommodation which cost is change
from time to time.
bujang house is the home for the all still unmarried man or widower.
There can be many male living in the long house. Each of them form
a long house community where the oldest one among them usually become
the leader. That bug group of men usually separate into small male
group who can be recognized from the number of kitchen. Each kitchen
representing one small group, while the kitchen of the leader usually
lies on the very centre of the house.
the most interesting ones are the cultural attraction including
sago making party, and mBis Pole ceremony.
Sago making party is an attraction showing us how the Asmat tribe
work on the sago field, cut down the tree, cut the bark and take
soft inner part of the tree, crush them into soft powder and mix
them with water to extract the sago starch. In the afternoon, they
will be back to the village and we can enjoy the "harvest"
of today. Asmat main food staple is sago, supplemented with some
fishes, or crabs, or local vegetables.
second one is the mBis pole ceremony. mBis pole is a wooden statue,
about 4 m or more in length either in the shape of human or other
creature. According to the Asmat peoples, the mBis pole is representing
the ancestor, and also the home of the good spirit who will protect
them from the bad spirit. In certain time, the pole has to be "cleaned"
spritually. This ceremony is held in the long house of the man.
Sometimes a new pole is needed, then the ceremony will take longer
time. During the pole is made, no woman can see it before finished.
to and from Ewer is quite often to have some delay or even some
cancellation. All costs happen due to the pioneer flight delay /
cancellation will be on their own. if the airline cancelled in Ewer
(to Timika), they may have to stay at the small accommodation on
the runway area. Also, they will need some food as well. You have
to be ready with this situation.
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