Lepki tribe

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The Lepki people live in the interior of the western part of the island of New Guinea, which is commonly referred to as West-Papua. The area is located in the lowlands on the western side of Sogber River, a river which flows into the larger Idenburg River. The Lepki inhabit a rather small area compared to other tribes in the vicinity, their territory being approximately 400 sq. km of land. The area is 170km south of the provincial capital Jayapura.  There are a few hilltops within the area but elevations higher than 400m are not found. Coordinates of the approximate centre of the Lepki area is S4 08.0 E140 26. The Lepki people in 2007 numbered only 328 people, compromising them also to one the less populated tribes in the region.

I conducted research on the Lepki people over a period for almost 6 months in 2007. This was the first ethnological study of this tribe. The result was an account of the Lepki culture, and can be viewed here (.Pdf): The Lepki people of Sogber River

2007

Sogber River seen from the north, near the Terablu village. This is the southern boder territory of the Lepki.
Sogber River seen from the north, near the Terablu village. This is the southern boder territory of the Lepki.
Sogber River seen inside Kimki Tribe territory.
Sogber River seen inside Kimki Tribe territory.
Northern area of the Lepki. Borderlands to the Ketengban tribe.
Northern area of the Lepki. Borderlands to the Ketengban tribe.
Mountains seen far north from Terablu. The mountains is located near the village of Senggeh. The Lepki people call this mountain Kawinisa/Jee, and is feared for harbouring bad spirits.
Mountains seen far north from Terablu. The mountains is located near the village of Senggeh. The Lepki people call this mountain Kawinisa/Jee, and is feared for harbouring bad spirits.
Terablu village.
Terablu village.
Cessna airplane from Tariku aviation on the grass-runway in Terablu.
Cessna airplane from Tariku aviation on the grass-runway in Terablu.
Traditional Lepki house in Terablu. Few of these excist today, as no new ones have been built in years, and the Lepki have started to build Ketengban tribe style houses instead. These houses can hold 30-40 people.
Traditional Lepki house in Terablu. Few of these excist today, as no new ones have been built in years, and the Lepki have started to build Ketengban tribe style houses instead. These houses can hold 30-40 people.
Ketengban style houses in Terablu.
Ketengban style houses in Terablu.
Canoeing in Terablu/Dakerto River.
Canoeing in Terablu/Dakerto River.
Working on a Sago palm. The main food of the Lepki is Sago starch.
Working on a Sago palm. The main food of the Lepki is Sago starch.
Sago starch is put into large leaves before baked on open fire. To ensure it being properly baked, a hot stone will be placed inside.
Sago starch is put into large leaves before baked on open fire. To ensure it being properly baked, a hot stone will be placed inside.
The result was in fact very tasty, like roasted bread.
The result was in fact very tasty, like roasted bread.
Wild-boat catched in the forest.
Wild-boat catched in the forest.
A cassowary bird. Adult ones have a reputation for being dangerous to people.
A cassowary bird. Adult ones have a reputation for being dangerous to people.
A funural of a small boy who died. Terablu.
A funural of a small boy who died. Terablu.
Traditional Lepki attire.
Traditional Lepki attire.

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A man from the Kwelkwapra clan.
A man from the Kwelkwapra clan.
Murme village.
Murme village.
Murme village.
Murme village.
Hunter trophies decorates a house.
Hunter trophies decorates a house.
River near Murme.
River near Murme.
Approaching Aboy village, that is the northernmost village inside Lepki territory.
Approaching Aboy village, that is the northernmost village inside Lepki territory.
Yupli village. Kimki tribe territory. It is located east of Aboy village.
Yupli village. Kimki tribe territory. It is located east of Aboy village.
Me and Maximus Kandam on a trek to Murme. Max teamed up with me on the research trip to the Lepki.
Me and Maximus Kandam on a trek to Murme. Max teamed up with me on the research trip to the Lepki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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