Mek Tribe

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The Mek tribe inhabit a large area located in the central-eastern region of the mountainous region of West-Papua. They are considered to be one of the most populated tribes in this region. Many simple airstrips have been constructed by missionaries here, the most important one being in the village of Nalca. Other villages found in the Mek tribal area is: Eipomek, Kona, M, and Endomen. The Mek tribe border the Ketengban in the east, Yali in the south/west and Kimyal in the south/east.

October 2005

The village and airstrip of Nalca.
The village and airstrip of Nalca.
Traditional Mek settlement in Nalca
Traditional Mek settlement in Nalca
The arrival of a missionary airplane (MAF) stirs curiosity.
The arrival of a missionary airplane (MAF) stirs curiosity.
A village located between Nalca and Kona.
A village located between Nalca and Kona.
Men and their ornaments in M village.
Men and their ornaments in M village.
The locals of M Village and me.
The locals of Kona village and me.
Kids in M village.
Kids in M village.
Sister accompanies her little brother outside.
Sister accompanies her little brother outside.
Work starts at an early age in these traditional areas. Here accompanied by their father (not in photo)
Work starts at an early age in these traditional areas. Here accompanied by their father (not in photo)
Elder wearing his traditional bag made from wooden-bark. He was on a long-houl trek to a village in the Yali Tribal region, when we met on a forest path.
Elder wearing his traditional bag made from wooden-bark. He was on a long-houl
trek to a village in the Yali Tribal region, when we met on a forest path.
Their humor was always available.
Their humor was always available.
Cultural war dance in Kona Village.
Cultural war dance in Kona Village.
Mek woman in Kona.
Mek woman in Kona.
Traditional houses in Kona.
Traditional houses in Kona.
Boy we encountered on a path above Nalca village.
Boy we encountered on a path above Nalca village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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