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Head-Hunters Drove Papuan Tribe Into Tree-Houses

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March 9, 1998
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Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research
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The forest-dwelling Korowai, a Papuan tribe in the southeast of Irian Jaya (the former Dutch New Guinea), were forced to adapt their lifestyle to cope with the danger posed by a tribe of neighbouring head-hunters, the Citak. They did this by building their houses at the tops of 40-metre high trees.

The forest-dwelling Korowai, a Papuan tribe in the southeast of Irian Jaya (the former Dutch New Guinea), were forced to adapt their lifestyle to cope with the danger posed by a tribe of neighbouring head-hunters, the Citak. They did this by building their houses at the tops of 40-metre high trees. A recent book about these tree-dwellers by two Dutch researchers, linguist Prof. Lourens J. de Vries and clergyman Gerrit J. van Enk, is the first published study of the Korowai.* It was a Dutch missionary, Johannes Veldhuizen, who made the initial contact with the tribe during the 1980s. Their language and lifestyle are now being studied as part of a special research programme under the auspices of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).


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