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a world before now

Korowai, West-Papua, Indonesia

Forest-dwellers, hunters, gatherers. The Korowai in West-Papua were only discovered in 1974. Until then, the entire tribe was unaware of the existence of an outside world. But after living in harmony with nature for thousands of years, only a few decades of imperialism and human greed were enough to destroy their homes forever.

There’s heavy deforestation due to legal & illegal logging practises for the Indonesian timber export. There’s land loss due to the mining of gold, silver & copper. And on top, for decades on end, Christian missionaries have been determined to destroy their culture, thinking that the tribes are too primitive. As a result, their indigenous rights are being heavily violated in every possible way and their future looks very bleak.

This is tribute to them, the Korowai. A tribute to a world before now.