Ketengban Tribe

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The Ketengban people inhabit an area on the north-eastern side of the central mountain range in the IndonesianProvince of Papua, on the island of New Guinea. They live in an elevation varying from 6500feet in the mountainous region to 1500 feet in the northern hills and number between 12000-14000 people.

Ketengban language has been classified as Papuan stock and part of the Mek family in the Trans new guinea phylum. There are four different dialects: the Central, Eastern, Western and North-eastern, though all are mutually intelligible.Bounded in the east by Eipomek and the Mek Language, to the west by Apmisibil and the Nggalum language, and to the northwest bordering the less inhabited lowlands, were people speak the more unknown Lepki and Yetfa languages.

2006

In 2006 I did 1 month of research in the greater Nongme area, focusing on the borderlands to the Lepki tribe. My goal was to gather information about the contact between the Ketengban living in this area, with the Lepki tribe. Unfortunatly an ongoing dispute between these two tribes made the study rather difficult, however I managed to come to a basic understanding. In 2007 I continued my study on the Lepki, but due to the conflict I learned about on this trip, I decided to approach the area from the north, rather from the Ketengban territory.

These are some photos from the Ketengban area:

Airstrip in Nongme village.
Airstrip in Nongme village.
River close to Nongme
River close to Nongme
Near urubool village
Near urubool village
Swamps
Swamps
Settlements near Sekame Village.
Settlements near Sekame Village.
Sekame village seen from above. The people there had bulilt their own airstrip, but was at that time not (yet?) been taken in use by any of the missionary airplane operators.
Sekame village seen from above. The people there had bulilt their own airstrip, but was at that time not (yet?) been taken in use by any of the missionary airplane operators.
Urobool village.
Urobool village.
The airstrip- and village of Nongme.
The airstrip- and village of Nongme.
Somewhere in the forest between Urubool and umtambor village.
Somewhere in the forest between Urubool and umtambor village.
Somewhere in the forest we met these siblings.
Somewhere in the forest we met these siblings.
In umtambor village. The girls wear traditional Nongme wear.
In umtambor village. The girls wear traditional Nongme wear.
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
In umtambor village
Women and children in Nongme.
Women and children in Nongme.
People in Nongme. (village chief to the left)
People in Nongme. (village chief to the left)
Me and a guy from the Mek people who had walked all the way from Nalca- to Nongme village
Me and a guy from the Mek people who had walked all the way from Nalca- to Nongme village
The Star mountains (on a flight from Sentani to Nongme)
The Star mountains (on a flight from Sentani to Nongme)
Cessna from MAF missionary aviation landing in Nongme.
Cessna from MAF missionary aviation landing in Nongme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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