Dani villagers carry their produce into the market in Wamena, near the movie theater advertising its evening program. Related to the Australian Aborigines, the Papuan tribes of Irian Jaya, with their forest-based culture and animist beliefs, appear to have little in common with the new settlers, many of them Muslim city dwellers. A few Dani are growing rice in order to join the market economy. Others are leading tourists on treks.
Irian Jaya (West Papua) is the western half of the island of New Guinea, and the most eastern province of Indonesia.
- ©1993 George Steinmetz
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