Driwanmasterpiece Cybermuseum:”The Wanema Baliem Valley West Papua Collections”(Koleksi Wamena Lembah Baliem)












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The Wamena Baliem Valley West Papua Collections

 (Koleksi Wamena Lembah Baliem)

Frame One:


In 1995, for the first tiem I visit West Papua(that time Irian Jaya), starting by flight from Jakarta transit one hours at Makssar (that tiem Unjung Pandang)

 to Sorong ,but because the weather not sot good, the flight transit one night at Ambon

, and early in the morning at 4.00 am we staring agian to Sorong arriev here  about 9.00 am after trasit at the city  near Free Port Tembagapura about 1 hours.

The flight landing at soirong airport at the small island exUSA Army WWII war airport

, from the small island, we used the small tarditional ship with bigger wave about half hours to Sorong, and I done my job to test the Indonesia National police Bintara(coporal) educations about 2 hours, the people here gave me a souvenir made from the egg of Causwari bird

and the head of small crocodile.(alligator)

After the job done in sorong,we went by flight to Biak Island about one hours, and stayed one night there, and tomorrow I have done my same job at Biak, in the afternoon we went to Jayapura(before Hollandia)  landed at the Sentani airpot

, about half and hours we on the road beside the Sentani lake

where I met the Retire Police retired Let.Col Christ , all his duty work at West papua Police , We visit athis reataurant  at the side of Sentani like, very delicious his Manado Fish Rica-Rica , the fish fresh from the lake. After that we went to Jayapura and stayed at the Hotel, aafter that done the some job in Jayapura. Very intersting jayapura native people very strictly obley the traffic law to across the road at the zebra cross line look the picture below.

The Vice Chief of West papua National Police (WAKAPOLDA) was my frined during working at West Sumatra before, he gave  me a present to go the Wamena Baliem Canyo by The Dast Airoplane, me and my friend were the only passenger,tha aircraft only tranposted the goods of the company .

When near the Baliem Canyon the wheater good, I could taken the photo look below:

My Friend from Jayapura, told me that when the first time the nun came to Wamena Baliem Canyon, when the aeroplane landing at the airport, many native Wamena people which only used Koteka for protect their Penis very unbieleale seen the aircraft,thay thinked how bigger the Bird(they thisk the aeroplane was Bird), and they became more “kaget” when look at the nun with white jacket like the “White Ghost” and the nun also “Kaget” when look at the native Koteka,she think how bigger their pennis

,she didnot know that koteka was  from the native  fruit’s skin(kulit buah), They cannot speaking,only seen each other.

I had seen the very rare market where no one speking,silent,

the transaction by seen the money ‘s sample in the front of the things to sold, red-100 Rp,green-500 Rp,blue-1000Rp, if pay up or below that they didnot want to sold, if didinot sold all their belongings throw to the river, and tomorow tay done the same again. Look my profile at the silent market below.

We want to back home at the mid day but the wheater not so good, very dangarous to came in and bak from Wamena Baliem canyon, because this area sorround by very high hill like in the cave, many aircraft accident,like before  all the highest leader fo West papua were pass away because their aircraft falling down after thrown by the sharp hill during bad wheater.

We decided to stayed one night more, and eating the rare delicious river lobster, look my friend photo below:

I had vist the native Wamena Citizen, and look at their iner house(huma)

where thay sleep together with the woodenflame in the center, the man and the women stayed in different huma, look the photo below:

They also show me their ancetor mummy ,look the picture below:

and when I asked them how to difference the Women who ever merried  and not merried, the merried white white collour leave gown, and when thay want to get flame they done by rotton and rock sliding.

I asked them how to cut their hair, they told me they burn their hair in the river and when they fill thier haed scik they down into the water,very practise.

I have collecting many West Papua Collections like Postal History,picture,book illustrations ,picture postcard etc, I will show latter, I only show this time only the collections realted with Wamena Baliem canyon.

I hope the collectors who have more info show us via comment.

Jakarta April 2011

Dr Iwan suwandy

Frame Two:

 Dr Iwan Picture and Postal history collections



 3)Sentani Lake



Frame Three:

The Information Of Wamena At Baliem Canyon West Papua


1.Lembah Baliem Suku Asmat – Dani


Located in the district of Jayawijaya hinterland with its capital of Papua Wamena, located in a beautiful valley with the name Baliem spread throughout the valley 80 km from The Edge to edge with a width of less than 20 km, Surrounded by mountains and forests, lie down like a garden, mountain and curvature honai, traditional house is almost entirely isolated from the world but can still reach the plane in the water for about 40 minutes from the Sentani Airport.

Native of the Dani Tribe Baliem valley is renowned as a Skilled farmers using the stone ax, scraper tool, a knife made of animal bone, bamboo or wooden stick and a Spear cut. After the founding of the Dutch town of Wamena the Catholicity and enter this developing area.
Contact means of the City of Wamena District to Other Districts and transportation is via air. Some of the city districts in this region can be linked to the road with motor vehicles using two and four wheels.

Called “Dani” for groups of people who inhabit Baliem Valley is actually given by the United States and the Netherlands for Moni people who lived in high Paniai (Moni: foreigners). Moni said further changes to this ndani for those living in Baliem. Baliem valley residents call themselves their own “nut akuni pallimeke” (from our Baliem).

Dense forests in the mountains Jayawijaya is “home” Dani Tribe.

They live from hunting and results of forest rivers around their village. Jungle and the heterogeneous nature Baliem Dani men formed to be a “soldier-soldier” respite. They are the experts “forestry” is brave in maintaining the “house” them from the foreign interference. Violation zone rules and customs by the foreign soldiers will be faced-soldier Dani, to enable the occurrence of war (wim abiyokoi). However they also know the peace (gualim kong) as the settlement of disputes.

In addition to utilizing the forest, soil fertility Baliem valley potential for processed information. For that is the Dani Tribe of forest into a farm-field agriculture.

Clearing a field and the defense is the task of security men Dani. While Planting and maintenance of the plant, which requires more sensitivity to the feelings of a natural task of women. This division of tasks has occurred in their settlements. The task of opening a forest settlement, to build, and maintain peace is the task of men. Maintain residential, including “grow-development” next generation is the task of women. This is the concept in “conquering” Baliem wildlife.


2.Lembah Baliem Fest: Papua, Indonesia

Every year since 1991, the Jayawijaya Regency administration organizes the Lembah Baliem Cultural Festival ahead of the Aug. 17 Independence Day celebrations.

This year, the festival from Aug. 9-11 displayed traditional cultural attractions performed by tribes living in Lembah Baliem (Baliem Valley), Papua province.

Inspired by their “traditional wars” that were frequently conducted to become a custom among Papua’s indigenous tribes, the festival presented the stylized “war” as a main attraction for tourists in the area.


In the past, tribal wars were believed triggered by fights among youths, theft and abductions of women.

Wearing traditional clothes and carrying arrows and spears, dozens of tribesmen participated in the “war” in the festival. Although it was a performance, the men employed traditional strategy and stalked their “enemy” as in a tribal war.

Besides the “war”, tourists could also watch the pig race, in which owners race first and are then followed by their trotting pet pigs.

Most of the owners are women, because they are believed to be more caring toward the animals.

Pigs are often a prestigious part of dowries in a traditional Papuan wedding. In addition, wealth and status in tribal societies are measured by the number of pigs they own.

Playing pinkon, a traditional bamboo trumpet, is another attraction of the festival.

Apart from enjoying the performances of the festival, which involved thousands of tribespeople as participants and attendees, tourists used the occasion for observing the daily life of Papuan tribal culture. Most of tribesmen wore only a koteka, a penis sheath made from a gourd, and tribeswomen wore sali, or grass skirts, and were topless according to traditional dress.

Several tourists opted for a hands-on experience, participating in the archery and spear-throwing competitions

the end @ Copyright 2011


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