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KAMORO ECOLOGY - CHAPTER XI.

© Kal Muller, 2004. (Bahasa Indonesia)


01. A model of a noose-spring trap, a mini-version of the ones used by the Kamoro to catch boars, cassowaries and other game. These traps are set along known animal paths in the swamps and the rain forest. The rope is covered with leaves and it is attached to a bent-over sapling which springs upright when the device is tripped.

02. The Common Spotted Cuscus, Spilocuscus maculatus, is found in most of New Guinea's lowlands. The fur coloration varies from pure white to a mottled light brown. The animals flesh is highly prized by the Kamoro and the fur serves as a headpiece, usually reserved for important leaders. The cuscus can be relatively tame when raised in a village.

03. The skin of the spotted cuscus makes for a distinguishing headband for an elder, a farily common status symbol. Cassoary feathers stick out from the top. These accoutrements are only worn on ritual occasions.

04. Pigs are not indigenous to New Guinea. They were introduced to the island long after the arrival of the first human settlers. Today, wild pigs are the main game hunted by the Kamoro. They are either captured with noose spring traps or hunted with dogs and spears. Sago trees are sometimes cut and split as bait.

05. The Papuan migrants living in the Timika area hunt for pigs on Kamoro lands. The road built by the Djayanti lumber company facilitates access to game areas, putting these migrants in direct competition with the Kamoro traditional land-owners.

06. Marsupials are common only in New Guinea and Australia, although a fair number is found in South America as well. Many have no common names familiar to laymen. The genus of the animal illustrated, Echympera, also designates its common name. In the same family, Peroryctidae, we find the somewhat more familiar bandicoots.




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