KOROWAI TREE TRIBE
We are back home in Cracow, Poland and I wanted to thank you for organising our wonderfull trip to Korowai in West Papua. Special thanks to our guide Jonas for his patience and proffesionalism. Everything has been perfect. He and his team accompanied us throughout the journey and took excellent care of us.
We are very happy to have travelled with Adventure Indonesia and we would highly recommend your company to all who plan to make an unique and unforgettable trip to Papua, Indonesia.
Wiesław - Wieslaw.Sleczkowski@me.com
Yes, I traveled in West Papua in 2005, using the services of Adventure
Indonesia, which I highly reccomend. I didn't go into the Baliem
valley area, but I did trek out of Kosarek to visit a number of
Yali villages, and then also trekked out of Yaniruma to visit some
of the Korowai Tribe villages. For those of us that like trekking in remote
areas, it was a great trip. The high mountain valleys of the Yali
are quite beautiful and I found the Yali to be wonderful people.
My guide was excellent, being very capable, knowledgeable and professional.
Korowai tribe are direct neighbours of the Asmat and live north
of the Dairam Kabiur. Their habitat is limited by two large rivers
and the mountains in the north. Their swampy area is approximately
600 km² bid. In this difficult area are living up to 2500 Korowai
together in small family groups.
The Korowai tribe are hunters and
collectors. They nourish themselves mainly with Sago which they
won from Sago palms. They refer their main protein food from the
larvae of the Capricorn beetle. The huntable animals represent their
further base of live. There are wild pigs; Casuar bird; birds; snakes;
and small insects. Vegetable food is also very important for them.
Especially palm leaves, fern, breadfruit and the red pandanae fruit.
They live together in small family groups in tree houses. These
tree houses can reach heights up to 50 meters, what however only
in exceptional cases the case is. The Korowai build such kind of
tree houses only if there is a dispute with the neighbours, or if
they live in an hostile area. Their normal tree houses are around
6 to 25 Meters high.
A Korowai Tribe family with up to eight persons
live in such kind of houses. But there is a strictly separatism
between men and women. Their material culture is exclusively limited
to indispensable things of daily live as well as decoration articles
for the body.
Particularly to call the still common
stone axe, bone knifes as well as the grave stick to remove the
hard skin from a Sago Tree and the wooden Sago hammer.
For the decoration of the body we have
to name the bones from the wings of a flying fox. The Korowai Tribe
women place this in the nose. Also the necklace from dog´s
tooth are really important for them. The mother give these necklaces
to the daughter and this is still in use. The men use necklaces
from pig´s tooth.The women use only a small skirt made from
tree skin and Sago fibres. The men use only a leaf around the penis.
Some groups have just the half of a nut around the penis. Around
the chest you can see also some rotanings. Without their net the
women never move out of the tree house. The Korowai Tribe men never
move out without bow and arrows.
>> 14 DAYS STONE KOROWAI ADVENTURE <<
JAYA GENERAL INFO
> YALI TRIBE
> ASMAT TRIBE
> KOROWAI KOMBAI TRIBE
> 5 DAYS BALIEM VALLEY TREKKING
DAYS BALIEM VALLEY TREKKING
DAYS SOUTHERN & NORTHERN BALIEM TREKKING
DAYS YALI TRIBE TREKKING
> 10 DAYS ASMAT ART ADVENTURE
> 10 DAYS KOROWAI KOMBAI TRIBE
> 13 DAYS ASMAT & KOROWAI ADVENTURE
> RAJA AMPAT PAPUA DIVING
> IRIAN JAYA CAPITAL CITY :
> WAMENA & BALIEM PILAMO
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