Early this month, I made an exploratory trip to the land of Koroway tribe in South Papua. I went there because I heard that this tribe builds houses in high trees. I took nearly two weeks to do the trip. I was really happy to see the river scenery where the indigenous Papuan people rowing their boats while standing. The southern region of Papua is flat land. Most of the land consists of swamps, rivers and dense tropical rainforest.
I had the chance to visit several dusuns of Koroway tribe and met the indigenous people who live in their traditional wooden houses deep in the jungle.
In order to survive, they build their houses on high poles so that mosquitoes will not reach them, they hunt wild pigs, catch fish in the river, and extract flour from sago trees and work in their farmland. They are very simple people but I see that they are happy with their modest lifestyle. They wear traditional clothing that is very minimum or almost naked. Forest is their home, their playground and their fortress. They know their forest very well and could tell when the right time to hunt for pigs or cut sago trees.
I stayed in their traditional houses for several nights and had the chance to eat grilled pork, and sago worm. The taste of sago worm is delicious. Every visitor should try it.
I met with Daud, their village head and talked to him several times. He said that Koroway tribe in his village is open to tourists. He hopes that eco-tourism can bring positive impact to his people. They can generate some income to buy salt, farming and cooking tools. So, if you are interested in visiting Koroway tribe, please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org