The Yali / Rattan People
East and south of papau are the people who have rectangular houses and whose men wear “skirts” of rattan hoopps, their penis guords protruding from underneath. Bondering the Yali on the east are the Kim Yal people who practised cannibalism up untill 1970s.
The Yali tribe lives high up along the valley ridges in the Jayapura mountains. The land here is rugged and thinly populated. The tribes-people live in wooden huts with roots made of tree-bark and they are grouiped into small compounds. A vegetable garden and dense rainforest will surround each compound.
Treeking in the Yali area is more stremous than in the lower reaches of the Valley but it is perfect for the fit trakker who wants to experience truly virgin rainforest and the unique people who live amidstit in summary. The Baliem Valley will provide a never to be forgotten experience. The inhabitants of the valley are essentially peace-loving agrarian who welcome visitors whole hertadly.
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