Korowai Tree Tribes
The Korowai are direct
neighbours of the Asmat and live north of the Dairam Kabiur. Their habitat is
limited by two large rivers and the mountains in the north.
Their swampy area is
approximately 600 kmē bid. In this difficult area are living up to 2500 Korowai
together in small family groups. The Korowai are hunters and collectors.
nourish themselves mainly with Sago which they won from Sago palms. They refer
their main protein food from the larvae of the Capricorn beetle.
animals represent their further base of live. There are wild pigs; Casuar bird;
birds; snakes; and small insects. Vegetable food is also very important for
them. Especially palm leaves, fern, breadfruit and the red pandanae fruit.
The Korowai live together
in small family groups in tree houses. These tree houses can reach heights up to
50 meters, what however only in exceptional cases the case is.
The Korowai build
such kind of tree houses only if there is a dispute with the neighbours, or if
they live in an hostile area. Their normal tree houses are around 6 to 25 Meters
high. A Korowai family with up to eight persons live in such kind of houses. But
there is a strictly separatism between men and women. Their material culture is
exclusively limited to indispensable things of daily live as well as decoration
articles for the body.
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