Papua Province Exhibits Prehistoric Discoveries

Illustration: Prehistoric human skeleton in South Sulawesi. Source:

The Papuan Archeology Center is holding an archaeological exhibition at Saga Mall, Abepura District, Jayapura, from 23 to 25 October 2018, to introduce historical and prehistoric discoveries to public.

The manager of archeology data at the Papuan Archaeological Center Adi Dian Setiawan who is also the chairman of the exhibition committee in Jayapura City, said Monday that the actor was open to the public, not limited by age.

“The objective of this exhibition is to showcase the results of archeological research in Papua to the wider community,” he said while accompanied by senior researcher Hari Suroto and colleagues from the Papua Archeology Institute when arranging a number of objects to be exhibited.

According to him, other objectives of the exhibition were to provide an explanation to the public about the importance of historical and prehistoric remains in Papua.

“This exhibition is also to receive any information from the community whether there are potential archeological remains in certain areas to be followed up to do research and so on,” he said.

Furthermore, the alumni of Gajah Mada University revealed that the exhibitions objects includes photographs of the research in the field, also colonial and prehistoric artifacts.

“From the colonial era we have bottles, bullets and relics from World War II, whereas from prehistoric times we have pottery, bones, skulls, then fossil shells,” he said.

In addition, continued Adi, there was one miniature unit of the escaping box that was exhibited along with other historical and prehistoric objects.

“We want to show how archaeological research is carried out, one of which is the excavation methodology to get original data from the ground,” he said.

Excavation, he said, is a method of obtaining data by digging up land that is believed to have historical or prehistoric value, using information from local residents.

In line with the statement, the Head of the Papuan Archeology Center Gusti Made Sudarmika said there were still many studies carried out by his party but not yet known by a wide audience.

“If people know about the importance of the research and understand what archeology is, usually they will provide information and the community can help in preserving historical and prehistoric remains, because they already understand its importance,” he said.


Papua Provincial Government Prepares Aid of 4.2 Billion for Palu

Papua Governor sent a team of health workers to help victims and survivors in disaster-hit areas in Central Sulawesi

The Papua Provincial Government is preparing aid of IDR 4.2 billion (USD 280,000) for victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Palu, Sigi and Donggala, Central Sulawesi. Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in Jayapura on Thursday said the aid was collected not only by the provincial government, but also by the districts and cities in Papua.

Earlier this week, Papua Provincial Government also sent a medical team to help victims and survivors in disaster-hit areas in Central Sulawesi.

“Today (18/10) we assembled a team from Papua to go to Palu to hand over the cash assistance in accordance with what was conveyed to President Joko Widodo when met some time ago,” he explained.

He hoped that people of Palu, Sigi, and Donggala affected by the disaster will be quickly recovered, the damaged infrastructure will soon be rebuilt, and the local government will resume normal activities and serve the community.

“We are optimistic that the Central Sulawesi Provincial Government and the Indonesian Government are able to solve everything, despite the earthquake that is indeed a major problem for Indonesia,” he said.

He explained that Indonesia is prone to earthquakes, so that all parties should think about how to build earthquake-resistant infrastructure, because if not, the people would continue to be victims.

In line with Lukas Enembe, Acting Head of the Papua Province Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), William R. Manderi, said that on Sunday (10/21), the team of six people would leave for Palu to hand over the funds, led by the Assistant for Government Affairs of the Papua Provincial Secretariat, Doren Wakerwa.


Papua Sends Medical Team to Palu

By Nethy Dharma Somba / The Jakarta Post

Papua Deputy Governor Klemen Tinal helps put a uniform vest on a health worker.

(Jayapura, Fri, 12/10). The Papua administration has dispatched a medical team to Palu, Central Sulawesi, to provide medical services following a strong earthquake and tsunami that impacted the region.

The team, comprising 10 medical workers, two Social Agency officials as well as two Papua Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) officials, departed for Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Thursday, and will continue their journey to Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu from there.

Papua Health Agency head Aloysius Giay said the team was taking medical supplies for diarrhea and upper respiratory tract infections, as well as food supplies.

“The team will stay in Palu for 10 days,” Aloysius said, adding that they would be focused on healthcare services.

“As we all know, there are many diseases that afflict people after disasters,” he added.

Previously, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said the province would donate Rp 4 billion (US$ 263,032) to help with reconstruction.

Source: The Jakarta Post

The Reflection of Papua

Indonesia, to be precise Papua, contains immense beauty of its nature, the local’s traditions that have been passed through generations and the local wisdoms that now play significant roles on our life through global interaction that are barely known among us.

Poriaman Sitanggang, a photographer that have been photographing Indonesia for almost 32 years and went to many remote areas of Indonesia and visiting its corners just held an exhibition in Oslo, Norway, on 25-27 September 2018. He exhibited photos taken from 1994 to 2018.

The exhibition is entitled “Voyage to the Rising Sun: Papua, Indonesia” and made possible by The Embassy Of The Republic Of Indonesia Oslo, Norway and PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ).

There are 35 photos containing the nature of Papua, the culture and life of indigenous peoples in Papua, especially the Dani and Asmat, which were taken by Poriaman during 1994-2018.

“It’s all over Papua from Merauke at the very east of Papua, then Asmat at the south, going up to Wamena, then down to Sorong at the western Papua. I am inspired by the people I met who accepted me warmly. They shared their rich tribal culture and indigenous wisdom.  I felt very welcomed. It was my privilege and honour to take their pictures.” He said

An artistic way to welcome guest. The wonderful people of Awaire, South Sorong, Papua Indonesia.

To put it in the geographical context, Papua is one of the biggest province in Indonesia situated in the western part on New Guinea Islands. It is 74,000 km2 bigger than Norway (Papua Indonesia 459,411 km2 vs Norway 385,203 km2). Papua is rich of gas, oil, and gold resources in Indonesia. It also has one of the largest rain forest.

Through the pictures of the “Voyage to the Rising Sun: Papua, Indonesia,”  Poriaman Sitanggang brought back our picturesque memories of living close to the nature and living by the local wisdoms.

Warrior from the Sagu forest of South Sorong, Papua Indonesia.

The Papuans, as captured on Poriaman’s camera,  carves our awareness about how shall we protect our forest and our diversity for our future generations.


Papuan Tree Kangaroo Made Its Appearance in West Papuan Jungle after 90 Years of Hiding

Almost a century, Wondiwoi tree kangaroos disappears from the wild and many think this species is extinct. Not long ago, he came out of hiding and for the first time its form was captured.

The first and last tree kangaroo was seen in 1928 by the evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr. He saw it in the Wondiwoi mountains, West Papua. Mayr shot the only specimen known so far and sent it to Natural History in London. In 1933, this species was identified as Dendrolagus Mayri. Since that incident, local residents had never reported the presence of these species.

Curiosity about the disappearance of a tree kangaroo made Michael Smith an amateur botanist from England leading an expedition through the dense bamboo forest in the Wondiwoi Mountains, West Papua, Indonesia.

The man from Farnham, England planned an expedition after hearing about mysterious animals while exploring the mountains of West Papua in 2017. With the help of four Papuan porters, a local hunter who acted as guide and Norman Terok, students at the University of Papua in Manokwari, the expedition began on July 23.

A week later this group reported their findings. When found, this monkey-like kangaroo is perched on a tree. Frustrated, Smith immediately took a picture of the Wondiwoi kangaroo for the first time. Before being published, Smith sought input from tree kangaroo experts including Mark Eldridge, a marsupial biologist at the Australian Museum in Sydney and Roger Martin from James Cook University.

“This is one of the most unknown mammals in the world. The species is still there, it’s amazing. The mountains are remote and difficult to access,” said Eldridge who was not involved in the expedition.

Tree Kangaroos are tropical marsupials that are close relatives of kangaroos and wallabies which live on land. Tree Kangaroo has forearm muscles to pull its body to the trunk and move around the branches by climbing and jumping.

He was found in a forest full of bamboo shrubs at an altitude of 1,500-1,700 meters. At this height, the expedition team began a distinctive stroke on the trunk left by tree kangaroos, occasionally their feces.

“We can also smell the kangaroos left behind,” Smith said.

But the difficulty faced by the expedition team was to find their physical realities. Although the weight of tree kangaroos reaches 16 kilograms, they are hard to find and covered in dense forests. A time-consuming and tiring search almost made the team desperate. Luckily, on the last day the team saw a kangaroo from a distance of 30 meters.

“After trying to find a way to take pictures, I finally got the right moment to capture the kangaroo who was peeking from behind the leaves,” Smith said.

Team Flannery, from the University of Melbourne Australia, revealed that the findings were a major breakthrough. “The pictures are clear and show typical feather colors,” said the team.

The number of tree kangaroos in Papua is decreasing due to over hunting, logging, oil palm plantations, and also mining. Luckily the Wondiwoi tree kangaroos lives in dense bamboo forests that are difficult to reach. Before finding it, Smith’s team had to cut the line. For now they are saved from various threats. The priority that needs to be done now is to collect feces or pieces of tissue of this creature to extract DNA and compare it with the DNA of the species found in 1928.


Ellen Aragay, First Papuan to Represent Indonesia in International Beauty Pageant

Ellen Rachel Aragay, a West Papuan English teacher, represents Indonesia in the Face of Beauty International 2018 in India, 7-17 September 2018. She was the first runner up of the 2014 Miss Indonesia and by participating in the beauty contest, she hopes to bring campaign to stop domestic abuse.

“We will campaign on how to stop violence against women both in the household and in relationships,” Ellen told Ata Hasegem, who interviewed her for BBC Indonesia.

The Face of Beauty International was known as Miss Teen Face of Beauty International and first held in 2012. This contest aims to share the visions and ideas of women throughout the world, according to her who was an alumni of International Miracle Institute in Florida. She also competed in the last ASEAN Basketball Cup in 2018.

Her experiences as a teacher also give her an important role to elevate education in Papua particularly through English education.

According to Ellen, her participation in the beauty contest confirms that Papuan or Melanesian are equal to other people.

“We are the same, have competitiveness, achievement, and creativity that are not inferior to other people in the world. Like intellectual intelligence and the ability to socialize,” she said.

Ellen said that her participation in this contest was also a kind of personal achievement. She told that she was once a victim of bullying when she was in junior high school because of her physical appearance. Because of that, she once didn’t want to go to school for about three months. But then she used it as a motivation for her success.

“I struggled, Then I was able to I graduated with good grades. So I proved,” she said while laughing.


Source: BBC Indonesia

Papuan Athletes Win Medals for Indonesia in Asian Games 2018

Six Papuan Athletes won two silvers and a bronze in Asian Games 2018. Emiliana Deau, Stevani Maysche Ibo, Alvonsina Monim, and Since Lithasova Yom, won a silver in Female Canoe/Kayak Sprint while Spens Mehue Stuber and Erwin David Monim won silver and bronze from Male Canoe/Kayak Sprint.

Two of the medalists (Emiliana Deau and Stevani Maysche Ibo) are sent by National Sports Committee (KONI) of Papua while others are sent to represent other provinces. KONI Papua sent 28 athletes including one coach to Asian Games 2018. The contingent consists of 16 female athletes and 12 male athletes.

KONI Papua secretary, Kenius Kogoya told Tabloid Jubi that the athletes would participate in 9 games in Asian Games 2018.

Our athletes from Papua have joined Pelatnas (National Training) since a few months ago. The athletes will also join Papuan contingent in the upcoming National Sports Week (PON) in 2020,” he added.