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New tribe discovered in Papua New Guinea


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 02:20 PM

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A tribe of hunter gatherers living in trees in the remote forests of Indonesia's easternmost Papua region has been discovered for the first time by the country's census, an official said on Thursday.

The nomadic tribe, called Koroway, numbers about 3,000 people speaking their own language and living off animals and plants in the forest, census officials found during the country's 2010 census survey.

"Their houses are in trees, their life is stone age," said Suntono, head of Indonesia's statistics agency for the Papua region, adding the tribe built ladders to huts in tall trees.

After receiving reports from missionaries, census officials needed to walk for up to two weeks to find the tribe, after travelling by boat from the nearest permanent villages, but still only reached the fringes of their territory.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:21 PM

Although I disagree with the "socialization" of indigenous tribes, I find it fascinating whenever a primitive tribe is discovered. I say let them be, nobody, except themselves, should decide whether to join the modern world or not.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:29 AM

why do i get the feeling some church in texas is booking flights there as we speak?

it looks like the upper hand, is on the other foot.

i guess they would say we could set this world ablaze

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:59 AM

Thanks for posting this story Still Waters, :D

Stories like this fascinate me.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:32 PM

they'll be wearing Power Ranger T shirts and smoking crack in no time. I hope they boil the missionaries in a pot (and Im a christian...).


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:28 PM

I fear one day, like in the novel 'Brave New World', these tribes will become a kind of freak show for urban dwellers, who pay for guided tours to visit these people and watch them like how we watch animals in a zoo. Maybe they will even be kept in enclosures like those in animal reserves.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:37 PM

View PostH.H. Holmes, on 28 June 2010 - 03:21 PM, said:

I say let them be, nobody, except themselves, should decide whether to join the modern world or not.

I couldn't agree more.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 07:59 PM

I'm gonna train them to be my army. They'll be known as the "Banana Hammocks".

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 08:00 PM

One day, I hope Earth can be left as a permanent nature preserve, an homage and testament to our heritage on the Motherworld.  People like these would be the only people remaining on the Earth, in such a vision, all others having moved on to terraform new planets.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:13 PM

View PostDruidus-Logos, on 29 June 2010 - 08:00 PM, said:

One day, I hope Earth can be left as a permanent nature preserve, an homage and testament to our heritage on the Motherworld.  People like these would be the only people remaining on the Earth, in such a vision, all others having moved on to terraform new planets.
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people like these work for their food and shelter
i like it
and the freedom  :tu:


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:20 PM

Ahhhh.... A lost tribe of Swingers.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:12 AM

View PostAliveInDeath, on 29 June 2010 - 11:13 PM, said:

:tu:
people like these work for their food and shelter
i like it
and the freedom  :tu:

i work for my food and shelter, work me ass off really :w00t: :devil:


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Posted 30 June 2010 - 06:51 AM

next thing you know they will have national geographic or discovery channel people down there to do a 2 hour documentary on their life.


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Posted 30 June 2010 - 07:52 AM

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There are more than 2,500 tribes in Papua and all have different languages, Suntono added

unbelievable , why is it on one small island can endup with so many languages?
even if they spend time walking around the island, I'm sure they will meet each other and create common language right?


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Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:22 AM

Papua New Guinea is really an interesting place, so many new species of animals are being discovered there, and now a new tribe....fascinating island! :yes:

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