One of my most remarkable visit to Asia - Expedition to West Papua.
1Saling near Biak On our way to Mansurbabo and Ureb Islands - May 2005.
2West Papua settlement Village settlement in West Papua - May 2005.
3Jiwika A warm welcome at Jiwika by the village chief and some inhabitants - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005.
4Dani folks This fella on the left is the chief of the village. He's pictured on many tourist brochures. Last year, Japanese people brought him to Japan - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005.
5Kurulu District Dani women wear grass skirt and beautiful, sometimes colored, string bark - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005.
6Cool dude Cool Dude - West Papua - May 2005.
7Kurulu district This fella did'nt want to lose my hand and guided me to the next village. In his other hand, a penis gourd for me as a present. (did'nt fit) - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005
8Two cool dudes The valley floor is inhabited by Dani tribesmen which men wear the so called Koteka, a penis gourd functioned to cover the vital thing only as little as possible - Baliem Valley - West Papua - May 2005
9Baliem Valley There are quite a lot of native villages around Jiwika which people, especially old ones, are still living in their old style. Baliem Valley - West Papua - May 2005
10Group photo Leadership in Dani had been and is still unique. Dani leaders are the men of influence in stead of the men of power. The chief can be recognized easily as he is the only one wearing a shell tie. Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005
11Baliem Valley The chief use this basket to look out for warriors - bamboo poles roped together makes a very high look-out post. This people have very special skills to climb up to 25 meter in hight. Baliem Valley - May 2005.
12The village chief Formerly the Dani were often involved in wars among tribes. Even a very simple incident may cause a war - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005
13Baliem Valley War was an immediate part of Dani life. Every Dani alliance was constantly at war with at least one of its neighbouring alliances - Baliem Valley - May 2005.
14Baliem Valley Dangerously looking but extremely friendly people, that is what the Dani people represented while my visit to their compounds - May 2005.
15Baliem Valley Fashionable young women - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005
16Baliem Valley Notice the guy on the right with a natural string made of leafs - Baliem Valley - May 2005.
17Papuan kids Papua kids - May 2005.
18With chief This picture now decorates my office back home - May 2005
19Preparing dinner While the most favorite meal is pig although many also breed chicken - Kurulu District - West Papua - May 2005
20Helping the cook To get into the village, one should bring a present such as a small pig. Here being prepared for our meal - Baliem Valley - May 2005
21Dani tribesman Dani tribesmen speaks related Papuan or non-Austronesian languages and live in the highlands - Baliem Valley - West Papua - May 2005
22Donating for the community Donating some cash for to make their living a bit more improving.
23Yali Mabe Yali Mabe is his name, the chief wearing a necktie made of small shells - Baliem Valley - May 2005
24Local market for one visitor A market has been set-up specially for this solo traveller, with entirely natural-made goods found in the dense jungle - Baliem Valley - May 2005
25Preparing sago Food generally is based on sweet potatoes and taro while pigs are often treated as members of the family and are sometimes suckled by the women. Baliem Valley - West Papua - May 2005
26River crossing Rope bridge crossing in West Papua - May 2005.
27Local taxi Returning my luggage to the make-shift airstrip of Wamena - May 2005.
28Exploring Padaido Islands Exploring the Padaido Islands - Biak - West Papua - May 2005
29Rurbas Island Found this white giant clam and many great shells on Rurbas Island - Padaido Islands - West Papua - May 2005