Kaure, Aurina and Nawa River (area)

Published: 2015

Updated: 03/04/2018 – Replaced photos with newly edited high-resolution photos.

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The Kaure people live in region in north-east of West-Papua. The most well known Kaure villages are: Kaure, Lereh and Aurina 1 & 2. Lereh have recently been targeted for palm oil plantations, and large scale logging operations in the north of the area had already started to show in 2006. A road from Jayapura leads to Lereh and Kaure, road conditions are grim. Nawa river flows trough the Kaure area and all the way to the upper parts of Idenburg (Taritatu river), near the village of Hulu Atas. The villages if Aurina 1 and Aurina 2 are found on the Nawa river.

2006

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Lereh, a village north of Kaure. The Lereh area is dominated by a palmoil plantation.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
The road between Lereh and Kaure village was one of the worst I`ve experienced. Trucks could not get trough, only the bravest of bikers did.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Nawa riverside near Kaure. We took a motorized canoe from here, south to Aurina 1&2 and to the Hulu atas area.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Nawa river.

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Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Two hornbills sitting in the tree.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Papuan hornbill
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Papuan hornbill
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Temporary hut used by hunters and fishermen.

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Aurina 1 airstrip. It wasnt in use when I was there in 2006.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Traditional Kaure house by the airstrip. The house was home to a large extended family of 15 people.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
I travelled to the area with a medical team from Jayapura, who was visiting to give immunizations to the kids in the area.

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
View to the north-west from the village.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Youngsters were often very valuable friends to have during fieldsvisits. They were very active and never busy, and didnt mind showing me around. Also if there were people in the interior with a certain fluency of Indonesian, it was the young generation.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
The lowland rainforest in Kaure was infested with leaches. The worst I experienced in Papua.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Bushroad from the Nawa river to Kaure.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Interesting treehouse in Aurina.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Proud Aurina kids.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Traditional house being built.

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Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
By the river at Aurina, on our departure from the area.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
On the Nawa again.
Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Visit to Aurina 2, that was a much smaller settlement by the Nawa River.

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Immunization. (note the homemade headlamp)

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Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Cassuary bird in Aurina 2.

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Croc by the Nawa river. I saw quite many by the riverside on my travels on the Nawa, but they were very hard to photograph, as they didnt like the sound of the motorized canoe.

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Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
The Nawa could sometimes be hard to travel on, since it had many shallow and clogged parts.

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006

Kaure Aurina Lereh Papua rainforest Nawa-river 2006
Logging products. During my travels in the region, it was a commin sight by the roads leading out of the rainforest.
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Aurina 1 village – aerial view. Photo from November 2006, accidentely happened to see Aurina village on a return flight from the eastern highlands of Papua.

 

 

 



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