Discovered in 1974, the Korowai live high over the ground in backwoods tree houses, depending on their condition to ensure and support them.
As a semi-migrant clan with an old culture, the Korowai live a primarily independent way of life in the thick wilderness of Papua. Today, their extraordinary lifestyle is experiencing quick change, under the effect of advancement and the activities of the Indonesian government.
The Korowai are tracker gatherers who live in a little, affectionate society that cultivates solid family ties. They have to share all that they have and to cooperate so as to endure. We gauge that they number around 3,000 in southeastern Papua.
Generally, the Korowai live in little disconnected gatherings, and each gathering, or family, has a specific region. There are normally close to five tree houses in a single settlement, and run of the mill family home is worked around 8 to 12 meters over the backwoods floor. Be that as it may, in specific territories a portion of the tree-houses reach as high as 45 meters.
The particular high stilt design of the Korowai tree houses, well above rising water levels, is a type of protective fortress. They are proposed to forestall rival groups from catching individuals (particularly ladies and youngsters) for subjugation or human flesh consumption. It is additionally a type of assurance from gnawing creepy crawlies and assists with warding off irritating insidiousness spirits.
They believe that one day that living in a tree will shields them from malicious and evil spirits, since spirits consistently visit.
The Korowai’s low houses are built around strong Banyan or Wanbom trees that are chosen as a fundamental post, while the most noteworthy tree houses are developed on the highest point of living trees.
The entirety of the structure materials originate from the wilderness. The casing is made of branches and the bark of the sago palm is utilized to develop the wood planks and dividers. The rooftop is woven from enormous leaves and everything is affixed together with rattan ties.
Their homes are worked in a couple of days and keep going for three to five years. At the point when it is the ideal opportunity for another house to be fabricated, it will be built in a similar clearing, as long as the encompassing backwoods can at present give enough nourishment and materials to the groups of the tribe.
At the point when the quantity of sago trees diminishes, or close by assets begin to get drained, the group will search for another area inside their ebb and flow chasing an area and remake their roosted cabins. The life expectancy of their tree houses is the basic reference for the Korowai schedule, and life streams by checking the quantity of occupied houses.
At the point when you stroll inside one of their tree houses, you can feel it moving, it resembles being in a pontoon on the water. Now and then only a little breeze can be sufficient to shake all the leaves and influence the whole structure…
The social association of the Korowai is little. Groups of ten to twenty individuals (generally three to five families) live free of one and other. Every group is made out of relatives from a similar predecessor. There is no chain of command and all individuals, the two people, all have similar rights. Be that as it may, solid or more seasoned men are the most regarded.
The Korowai’s authority structures depend on close to home characteristics as opposed to on a conventional organization. Between group fighting happens predominantly due to black magic and magic related clashes.
At the point when we asked how Oni turned into the boss, different men disclosed to us that it was on the grounds that he is the most intelligent and most grounded in each space.
The men give security to the groups of the family, and they are every now and again occupied with between faction fighting. These contentions are presently authoritatively prohibited by the Indonesian military, particularly on the grounds that savage practices could happen, as the group accept they should follow these practices to annihilate insidious spirits. Beneath you see painted bows, bolts and shields for guarding and assaulting during tribe fighting.
The Korowai can live off the produce they develop in their nurseries and whatever nature gives in their prompt environment. They collect sago from the sago palms in their nurseries, get fish from the waterway, and chase wild pigs in the hedge.
The staple nourishment in their eating regimen is sago, and a solitary family unit will utilize one sago tree every week. After the stringy trunk has been collected and part by the men, the core of the sago palm, which delivers a boring substance, is washed and worked or beaten by the ladies.