Tree Life

They live in the trees bear the only banana leaves, hunt wild boar, and practiced cannibalism. Tribe loaves - one of the interesting and unique tribes for anthropologists and other researchers.








The group of hunters living in the remote Indonesian forest is considered the first official tribe that lives in the trees. Korowai tribe from the eastern region of Indonesia is living in the trees, talking on his special language and survive by hunting and gathering. In the photo: a member of the Korowai tribe stands on the stairs to the house. (REUTERS)




The group of hunters living in the remote Indonesian forest is considered the first official tribe that lives in the trees. Korowai tribe from the eastern region of Indonesia is living in the trees, talking on his special language and survive by hunting and gathering. In the photo: a member of the Korowai tribe stands on the stairs to the house. (REUTERS)




Members of the tribe skillfully climb the stairs to their wooden houses, which are located at a height sometimes reaching up to 50 meters from the ground. The houses are built at different heights, depending on how well the owner of the house gets along with other dogs. Photo: Aerial view of an empty house on the tree. The photographer was at the height of 50 meters. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)




Tribe excellent hunting and fishing. In the photo: a member of the Korowai tribe of young cassowary bears killed in the hunt. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



Lance Korowai tribe used for different types of production and have different names. Most pointed the arrow in the center is made of cassowary bone and is used to kill people. Spear left her with four spikes on the tip is used to fish with a blunt spear on horseback - for lizards and a wide end of the bamboo - wild boars. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



By the end of the 1970s, when anthropologists began to study this tribe, the Korowai are not aware of the existence of other people besides his tribe. In the photo: a man of the tribe Korowai carries a stone ax on the wooden flooring through a flooded area of ​​the forest. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



The tribe was engaged in cannibalism, but anthropologists claim that after their presentation to the outside world, this practice stopped. Korowai eating the meat of wild boar, deer, sago and bananas. In the photo: a woman from the tribe of loaves recycles bark sago palm in starchy foods that accompanies almost every meal. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



Only a few representatives of the tribe can read and write. During the census, only 2,686 people were interviewed through an interpreter. They seem to still live in the Stone Age. They do not wear clothes and live in trees. In the photo: the woodcutter beetle larvae. Sago trees cut down for 4-6 weeks before the feast, and left to rot in a swamp, where they fill the larvae. At the appropriate stage of larval development (4-6 weeks) trees "reveal" a stone ax or a sharp spear. These beetles - a favorite dish, they are usually eaten as a raw or roasted. It's pretty satisfying meal. In the world of Korowai tribe, which lacks protein, these beetles - one of several important sources of fat. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



"Now that we know about them, about their strength and life, these people will no longer be isolated. We will do everything so that these people have access to education and health care as the rest of the Indonesians, "- said the head of the Indonesian statistics agency. In the photo: a man with slazit ironwood, knocking the nest of black ants that serve him bait fish. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



Leading sago ritual stand in a circle and share with guests (not pictured) playful attacks, before entering the house, which will host the feast. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



Lizard prepare your meal right in the woods, where she was caught. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



Group huts belonging to the clan of three brothers living in this area of ​​the forest. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



A man working on the roof of the house on a tree. (GEORGE STEINMETZ / CORBIS)



Home Korowai tribe in the forest near the town of Merauke, in the Indonesian province of Papua. (REUTERS)

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