Asmat Woman

Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

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Ewer Village, West Papua, Indonesia.

After receiving a rousing canoe welcoming ceremony, a local woman greeted our group to her village in West Papua (comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea).

Ewer village is located far up a wide, muddy river virtually in the middle of nowhere. Despite encroaching trappings of western culture, Asmat tribespeople of Ewer village still cling to traditional cultural practices, including the important aforementioned canoe ceremony, an economy where wealth is determined by amassing pigs and yams, and the rhythm of the river’s daily ebb and flow.

Canon 10D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/125, f/9.5, focal length 400mm, ISO 100.

Photographed in natural light.

March 16, 2007.

Views: 483 (as of August 27, 2010)

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