The Papua Volunteers Corps The Papua Volunteers Corps

The Papuan Volunteers Corps was set up in February 1961 to ensure Papuan involvement in protecting the interests of former Dutch new Guinea.  It was primarily established for political reasons as part of the Ten Year Plan in 1960 by Cabinet De Quay. Military motives were of secondary interest.  The Dutch Government wanted to accelerate the development of the colony in preparation for New Guinea’s independence…lees meer

Love story of missionary in the tropics Love story of missionary in the tropics

On Valentine’s Day 14 February 2008, the regular feature ’Andere Tijden’ , a history-based program on Dutch television, broadcasted a poignant story about the forbidden love between a Dutch missionary and a young Papuan woman living in former Dutch New Guinea. Their relationship became a huge scandal and the couple fled into the jungle to escape the fury of the local bishop. When they  married,

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Pre-historic drawings Pre-historic drawings Little is known about prehistoric times in former Dutch New Guinea. Because of the inhospitable landscape and fast growing vegetation in the rainforests, only a  few traces of the past remain. The semi-nomadic lifestyle of the indigenous people does not leave much evidence to go on either. The first inhabitants of New Guinea  are thought to have migrated to this island via South-east Asia around 50.000 years ago. It…lees meer
DETA Boys in Hollandia after the war DETA Boys in Hollandia after the war A memorial, along the road between Jayapura and Lake Sentani, was unveiled on 18 November 2004 to commemorate the first DETA-men who arrived on New Guinea soil 55 years ago. The memorial was created by former DETA-men Daan Sahetapy, Nico van Balgooij and Ruud Tomasow.
Just before the transfer of  the Dutch East on 27 December 1949, the Dutch Government engaged more than  a 1000 young men of Dutch-Indonesian…
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Bird of Paradise: Dancer of the jungle Bird of Paradise: Dancer of the jungle

The male bird of paradise with its strikingly colourful plumage is an amazing spectacle in the jungle of New Guinea jungle. In the mating season, its bright red, yellow and blue feathers stand out against the green of the rainforest. This special bird belongs to one of the most beautiful in the world and it has inspired many an artist. Papuan peoples, on in the Indonesian part of the island and n Papua New…lees meer

Renaissance of Kamoro Culture Renaissance of Kamoro Culture

An elongated stretch of land along the south-west coast of New Guinea (Papua) is the home ground of the Kamoro. Adapting to the shifting tides, this semi-nomadic tribes live in various places along the coast from FakFak to Merauke. But as is the case every where, the modern world has infiltrated their lives. The American mining company Freeport which operates in this area, has led to the Kamoro becoming a…lees meer

Amungme: Mountain Papuans deprived of their land Amungme: Mountain Papuans deprived of their landThe Amungme population  consists of  a population of about 13000 people in the Indonesian province of  Papua.  Under the Dutch they used to live in 17 valleys on the southern flanks of the Central Mountain Plateau of Former Dutch New Guinea. They were hunter gatherers who also had rotating gardens and they were totally self-sufficient.
These days many Amungme live elsewhere as they have been chased of their…
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Deforestation threatens Papua Culture Deforestation threatens Papua Culture

Papua, the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea, belongs to the lungs of this world as it contains 31,5 million acres of tropical rain forest.
If the trees were to be cut, it would mean a threat to the livelihood and culture of many Papuan tribes. Deforestation means the destruction of their medicinal and food resources, expelling their ancestors and committing a heinous crime against nature.…lees meer

Chewing Pinang a popular past time in Papua Chewing Pinang a popular past time in PapuaChewing  Betel nut is a popular past time in Papua for both young and old. In Jayapura one can see plenty of people with bright red teeth as well as the resulting  red coloured streaks of spit along the ground. In Bahasa Indonesia it is known as “Makan Pinang”. The chewing of the Areca Palm nut is a 2500-year-old tradition in Malaysia and in the rest of South East Asia.

It is used by farmers and fishermen to…lees meer

Pigs and Pig Ceremonies in New Guinea Pigs and Pig Ceremonies in New Guinea

Pigs play a very important role  among the people of Papua (former Dutch New Guinea), and especially so among those living in the Central Highlands. Apart from  pigs and deer, originally brought in by the Europeans, there are not many mammals on this island. The wild pigs in Papua are similar to those in Dutch national park, but they are skinnier.
Pigs are not only bred for their meat, but they also…lees meer