Korowai Tribe Papua
- 8 Days
The Korowai Tribe of Papua is among the most unique tribes we found so far in Irian Jaya. They are living high up on the trees which they built on the tree trunks. A tree house will be remain to be used for about 3 years, or till the tree is easten by the termites. Once the tree house is eaten, they will search for the new tree to live on. A Korowai tree house is made of wood and tree bark, plus some bamboo and sagoo leaves for the roof. The house can be about 10 m, or 20 m or higher from the ground level.
A so called village in Korowai usually consist of 2 or 3 houses only, seldome more. As they are semi-nomadic peoples, we might be unable to find a village on the same site few years after our visit.
Although they are semi-nomadic peoples, but they also do gardening. Banana is among the famous plant for them, and occasionally, they also plant some pineapple. Food gathering is the daily activity for the Korowai people. Men are carrying arc and bow to hunt birds, wild boar, and other faunas, sometimes they do fishing and collecting the sagoo worm. While the women are working on the sagoo processing, taking the starch of the sagoo and takle it home. Main foodstaple is the sagoo with some supplement such as fish or sagoo worm. But if the found no supplement, there will be sagoo only which is roasted on the fire.
We usually stay in their local house. Especially in Korowai, the stay on the tree house is a hair raising experience, you have to climb the house through 1 single log ladder, and then get the floor of the house. The floor it self made only from the tree bark
- Tailor Made Program
- Flexible Departure Date
- Private Trip