September 28, 2020, 06.16 PM

Hary believed that the mermaid motif proved the sea’s enduring hold on the Sentani tribe’s psyche. It is also a reminder them of the maritime origins that they sought to preserve.

Donday village elder Daud Wally shared Hary's view. “The mermaid reminds [the Sentani tribe] of their maritime roots. That is why the mermaid is the symbol for [one of the Sentani tribe’s] clans.”

Archeologists estimated that Papua is home to over 300 tribes.

Whether it be the Sentani tribe living on the eponymous lake, the coastal Kamoro tribe near the mining town of Timika, or the Dani and Asmat peoples of Papua’s highlands, the peoples of Papua are renowned for their skill in adapting to Papua’s various terrain.

(Writer: Dhias Suwandi, Jayapura Contributor | Editor : Dheri Agriesta)


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