Sentani (Area)

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Lake Sentani is located on the western part of the island of New Guinea, 15km west of the city of Jayapura. The ethnic people of Lake Sentani are named the Sentani people. These have a distinct language and culture, although related to the other peoples in the area. Nowadays local Sentani people are found around the lake, but also in the multi-cultural city of Sentani.

In 2006 I conducted a 1 month research on the material culture of the Sentani People of Babrongko village. The short report can be downloaded here: Babrongko, material culture of a Lake Sentani Village, New Guinea (pdf 2,3MB)

2003-2007

Bringing up the canoe at dawn.
Bringing up the canoe at dawn.
Hill with cross on the top, in front of Cyclops Mountains.
Hill with cross on the top, in front of Cyclops Mountains.

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Island on the lake.
Island on the lake.
Fishing in front of the Sago palm reserves.
Fishing in front of the Sago palm reserves.
Making a canoe. (Took a week..)
Making a canoe. (Took a week..)
Babrongko village.
Babrongko village.
The Babrongko village chief carving a spoon.
The Babrongko village chief carving a spoon.
Bas Suebo (left) the current (2011) Governor of Papua and the Babrongko village chief (right) in 2006.
Bas Suebo (left) the current (2011) Governor of Papua and the Babrongko village chief (right) in 2006.
Papeda, made from sago starch.
Papeda, made from sago starch.
Practical politics, as traditional marriage payments are carefully negotiated.
Practical politics, as traditional marriage payments are carefully negotiated.
Low clouds over Lake Sentani, with Cyclops Mountain behind.
Low clouds over Lake Sentani, with Cyclops Mountain behind.

 



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