Mek Tribe

Published: 2015

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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

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Nalca village and airstrip
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Looking towards the valleys leading to Kona village
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Nalca, always a lot of spectators whenever a missionary plane arrives. Here a MAF aviation cessna.
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Traditional houses in the village of Em.
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Elder wearing traditional wear in Nalca
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Enjoying the luxary of a table and coffee in Nalca.
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The youngsters were always excited when there were visitors to the villages
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Kona village. Many people wore traditional clothing here, compared to Nalca.
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Woman in traditional Mek wear
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Youngsters helping their father in the forest.
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During a traditional dance in Kona
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Kona
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Traditional hunting hut in the tree. A hunter would sit in the hut, waiting for birds to land on the branches, and then use the Bow and Arrow accordingly
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Elder in Em village
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Em village
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A newly constructed airfield between Nalca and Kona. It wasnt in use, and according to locals it was built by some villagers hoping that it would be used in the future. But the planes never arrived..
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Boy looking out towards the mountains of the Eipomek region
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Nalca
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Missionary`s house in Nalca.
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A porter who helped me a lot during my travels in the Nalca region.
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Trekking team
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Millis Magayang (left) my good friend his team. Note the popcorn in the pot. I made it regularly in the field, not only because the popping corn thing amused the locals wherever I stayed, but also because popcorn is easy to bring and it tastes great after a meal!
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