Korowai Country

korowai.jpgThe lowlands just below the central mountain range are the most traditional part of Papua. Several tribes here, such as the famous Korowai and Kombai, live a semi-nomadic lifestyle in small family groups, and build the famous treehouses.
Many don’t speak Indonesian.
The Korowai area attracts a steady stream of expensive “adventure-tours”, and has now become something of a tourist trap, where “perfect primitiveness” and even “first-contact” is routinely staged for visitors – along with extra high tree-houses built for photographers’ benefit.
In reality they also wear some modern clothing and many of them spend some time in permanent villages.
However the more moderately high tree-houses still exist for real, and the Korowai way of life still remains very traditional.

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