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Oxford University Press. Search site. College Fellows and Staff. Selected Publications Books Edited Volumes American Ethnologist 29 2 Oceania 72 1 Marriage is exogamous and polygynous. Preference is given to a conjugal relationship with the classificatory mother's mother's brother's daughter. Leadership structures are based on personal qualities of big men , rather than on institution. Interclan warfare occurs mainly because of witchcraft and sorcery -related conflicts.
The Korowai universe is filled with all kinds of spirits, some more personal of character than others. Reverence is paid especially to the red headed, Ginger God, Gimigi. To Gimigi, the creator spirit, the Korowai do not ascribe an important role in their daily lives.
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Once in a lifetime, a Korowai clan must organize a sago grub festival in order to stimulate prosperity and fertility in a ritual fashion. In times of trouble they sacrifice domesticated pigs to the spirits of the ancestors. The Korowai have an extraordinary and rich oral tradition: myths , folktales , magical sayings and charms , and totem traditions.
With respect to death and afterlife the Korowai believe in the existence of a reciprocal type of reincarnation : those who died can be sent back at any time to the land of the living, by their kinsmen in the land of the dead, in order to reincarnate in a newly born infant of their own clan. The first documented contact by Western scientists with members of a band of western Korowai or eastern Citak took place on March 17—18, Thirty men were encountered on the south bank of the Upper Eilanden River, approximately 12 miles east of its junction with the Kolff River and 10 miles north of the Becking River.
A basic word list was generated and observations were recorded regarding such things as fire making techniques.
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In the late s, a few Christian Dutch Protestant missionaries began to live among the Korowai. In , a film crew documented an anthropological study in the Dayo village area by the Smithsonian Institution of Korowai treehouse construction and the practice of cannibalism as a form of criminal justice. This resulted in the film Lords of the Garden. In a local Christian community was established, the members of it mainly originating from the neighbouring Kombai people.
For a long time the Korowai have been considered exceptionally resistant to religious conversion; however, by the end of the s the first converts to Christianity were baptized. The 60 Minutes crew declined to offer assistance. Before being able to gain access to them, the crew were deported by Indonesian authorities at the Papuan capital of Jayapura over visa issues. The BBC Documentary "First Contact", presented by Mark Anstice, features footage from his encounter with members of the Korowai people, and describes how they were disturbed upon seeing a "white ghost", whose presence indicated the end of the world was nigh.
The Korowai have been reported to practice ritual cannibalism up to the present day.
Anthropologists suspect that cannibalism is no longer practiced by the Korowai clans that have had frequent contact with outsiders. The distinctive high stilt architecture of the Korowai houses, well above flood-water levels, is a form of defensive fortification — to disrupt rival clans from capturing people especially women and children for slavery or cannibalism.
The height and girth of the common ironwood stilts also serves to protect the house from arson attacks in which huts are set alight and the inhabitants smoked out.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Kosenirowai people Kolufo people A Korowai man. Tree houses built by the Korowai people in Papua , Indonesian New Guinea Primarily for the benefit of film crews as true Korowai homes are only 5 to 10 meters [ citation needed ] above the ground and are not built on stilts but fastened to crowns of tall trees. Indonesia census turns up Papua tribe living in trees. Visited Jan 29, The Guardian. ANU Press. Oxford University Press.
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