Honai

EnglishIndonesianHonaiDURATION: 05:52PLACE: Wamena, PapuaDIRECTOR: Niko Asso The traditional Honai house is the centre of community life in the central highlands. It is in the Honai that all cultural rituals take place, from clan gatherings to peace making. …

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Wamena

EnglishIndonesianWamenaDURATION: 06:23PLACE: Wamena, PapuaDIRECTOR: Bonny Lanny The Wamena culture regards pigs highly. The name Wamena itself comes from the word ‘Wam’, which means swine, and ‘Ena’, which means to tame. Every rite of passage is symbolised by the …

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Sekolah Papua (School of Papua)

EnglishIndonesianSchool of PapuaDURATION: 08.02PLACE: Sorong , Papua BaratDIRECTOR: Thois Wanma  David Womsiwor is an artist and teaches at an elementary school in Sorong. He is concerned about the disappearance of Papua tradition and culture. He incorporates arts into …

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Let us Sell Areca Nuts!

EnglishIndonesianLet us Sell Areca Nuts!DURATION: 04:10PLACE: Wamena, PapuaDIRECTOR: Dorkas Kossay Chewing areca nuts is a traditional pastime for the people of Wamena despite the fact that there are no areca trees in the town. Many women vendors sell …

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Papua Calling

Ustad Adnan and Fadhal are part of a small minority of West Papuan Muslims. They argue that the problems in Papua don’t just affect the predominantly Christian population. “Don’t view the problems in Papua as Christian problems,” says Fadhal. “This is not a religious problem, this a humanitarian problem.”

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Ironic Survival

Alex Mahuze is a Malind tribesman and a sago farmer in Merauke. His clan has lived in harmony with nature for generations. The arrival of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program has forced him to earn money through other means, which ironically harms the environment. He lost his lands and his culture is threatened, but Alex fights on.

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Jerry Can Coconuts

The Malind tribe in Merauke is proud of its ecological traditions – each clan in the tribe is responsible for protecting a natural element. The Moiwend clan is responsible for the coconut trees and their fruit. However, in recent times Malind youth have started using coconut plants to make alcohol. The home-made drinks – which are much cheaper to buy than beer and spirits – have added to the town’s problems. Now, some Malind elders are calling for the reinstatement of customary laws that would punish those who make use of coconuts in this way in order to save their tradition and their community.

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What Mama Kasmira Wants

A Papuan cocoa farmer from the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border region had to leave her farm to work for a palm plantation when the village elders made a deal with a Rajawali Group company to sell her land. Every day Kasmira works hard under the boiling hot sun, clearing bushes for the plantation. However, she has great hopes for her three children.

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The Last Hunter

In 1990 the Wasur National Park in Merauke was made to protect the biodiversity and empower the local inhabitants. In 2012 there are very few animals left in the park. Leo Wambitman, a hunter who lives in the Yanggandur village, is on the verge of giving up his bow and arrow to sell timber instead.

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Awin Meke

Papuan women traders struggle to sell their goods in modern Jayapura. In their first fight, the women won a space to set up shop. However, local city administrators backed out of their promise to support them by opening a competing market, run by non-Papuans, which sells the same goods. ‘Awin’ is ‘mother’ in the Biak language, and ‘meke’ means ‘belonging’ in the Wamena language, so the mamas refer to ‘awin meke’ as ‘what belongs to us’.

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