BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY.
INDONESIA,PAPUA By Jimmy Nelson
South of the Jayawijaya mountain range of Papua Indonesiais a large area of lowland. The area accommodates a myriad of rivers forming swamps, wetlands and mangrove forests. It’s the habitat of the Korowai, a tribe that until the early 1970s, believed that they were the only humans on earth.
The Korowai are one of the few Papuan tribes that do not wear the Koteka, a penis gourd. Instead, the men ‘hide’ their penises in their scrotums, to which a leaf is then tightly tied. They are hunter-gatherers, living in tree houses. They adhere to strict separatism between men and women.
MABUL VILLAGE, DEKAI REGION, SOUTHERN PAPUA
Both Dani and Yali build round or oval huts made out of straw and wood,
with thick thatched roofs. Dani and Yali men, women and children sleep
separately in different huts (honai). While the Korowai live in tree
houses, they also adhere to strict separatism between men and women.