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KAMORO ECOLOGY - CHAPTER IV.

© Kal Muller, 2004. (Bahasa Indonesia)


01. The Djayanti timber company was building this road in 1995. It allowed the company to bring large logs to the Wania River for shipping out on barges. No royalties were paid to the local Amungme.

02. At the height of its operations in the Timika area, Djayanti was shipping out considerable amounts of timber, much of it processed into plywood at their factory on Seram Island. The Kamoro were not included in the beneficiaries of the timber extraction from their lands.

03. Pigapu Village (2001), at the site of the former 'lopon' (log-pond) Djayanti. The Kamoro moved back there recently. This location is just across the Wania River, the former village site. This is where the yearly Kamoro festival takes place.

04. Monospecific stands of pandanus line the lower reaches of rivers just beyond the tidal influence. While this species of pandanus does not produce a fruit edible for humans, fish love to feast on it, thus making the area a top fishing spot.

05. Most Kamoro catch fish with seine nets. Hook and line fishing was never a traditional method but has recently been used, although not extensively.

06. An elder plays a drum during an initiation ritual. The white stripes on his upper body come from lime made from burned shells. The drum, made of hibiscus wood, is covered by monitor skin lizard with daubs of damar to tighten the surface.




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