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  1. 1. Last of the Cave People: TheMeakambut of Papua New Guinea Die letzten der Höhlenmenschen: Die Meakambut von Papua Neuguinea Fotos: Amy Toensing Pictures: Amy Toensing
  2. 2. Aiyo,a memberoftheMeakambuttribe,decorateshisbeardwithflowers
  3. 3. AyoungMeakambutboystandsathisfamily'scamp at thePundimbungCaveinPapuaNewGuinea.
  4. 4. AbandofMeakambut headoutfromtheircamp onMarch 12, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.Theyalwayscarry theirbowsandarrowsinsearchoffood
  5. 5. CavehandstencilinggoesbackforgenerationsinthisregionofPapuaNewGuinea.Theseprintsweremadewithclay-basedpaint.
  6. 6. Mencuta trailwithmachetesinsearchoftheMeakambuttribeintheSepikRegionofPapuaNewGuinea.
  7. 7. JohnAiyo(right)andhisMeakambut tribeattheircamp inPapuaNewGuinea.
  8. 8. LifeintheArafundiRiverandthelocalteaminsearchofmembersoftheMeakambuttribeintheSepikRegionofPapuaNewGuinea.
  9. 9. HenryKongaofImboinVillageworksona dugoutcanoeat theArafundiriverfrontinPapuaNewGuinea.Kongahasbeenworkingonmaking thecanoefora weekandthinkshehasaboutaweekmoretogo beforeit's finished.
  10. 10. ImboinchildrenswimandplayintheArafundiRiverinPapuaNewGuinea.
  11. 11. FidelisTapainApotstandsinan AmboinforestinPapuaNewGuinea.Apotislocallyreferredtoas a sorcerer,oranindividualwithhighertraditionalpowers.
  12. 12. ThesurroundinglandscapeoftheMeakambutarea inPapuaNewGuinea.
  13. 13. LocalmenchewKhatandteasea dogwhiletaking a breakfromsearchingformembersoftheMeakambuttribeintheSepikRegionofPapuaNewGuinea.
  14. 14. Aman bangsa largetreelimbona jungletree,likea drum,tocall theMeakambutclandownfromthemountainsinPapuaNewGuinea
  15. 15. JohnAiyo,oftheMeakambuttribe,representshisleadershipthroughhistribaljewelryinPapuaNewGuinea.
  16. 16. JohnAiyotravelswithhissonalongwithhandmadespearsandarrowsusedforhuntingonMarch 12, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.
  17. 17. Mark Aiyohas hismacheteinhandforpeelingthebarkfroma Sago palmtreeinPapuaNewGuinea.Gettingan edibleproductfromthistreeisa longandarduousprocess.Themenpeelthebarkawayfromthetree,revealingthepith insidewhichisgatheredbythewomen,thenwashedandstrained,so thatthestarchrunsoutandcollectsina pastetypeflourwhichtheywillcookintoaflat bread.Thisis theirprimarysourceoffood.
  18. 18. Meakambutman gripsa pieceofwoodwithhisfeetandusesabamboostrandtocreatefrictionforfireonMarch 10, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.This"firesaw"methodiscommonthroughoutthisregion.
  19. 19. Aiyotakesa breakfromcuttinga sago palmtreeandsmokesa cigaretterolledwithwildtobaccohepickedonMarch 11, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.
  20. 20. JelinPapiyarambreastfeedshersonYukunat thetribescamp inPapuaNewGuinea.
  21. 21. JelinPapiyaramtravelswithherMeakambutfamilytothesiteofa fallenSage palmwheretheywillworktoextract itsediblepartsinPapuaNewGuinea.
  22. 22. Mark Aiyo(left)andhisMeakambuttribecrossestheArafundiRiverinPapuaNewGuinea.
  23. 23. JelinPapiyaram,oftheMeakambut tribe,travelswithhersonYukunonhisshouldersinPapuaNewGuinea.
  24. 24. MembersoftheMeakambut tribegathersforsago pancakesonMarch 11, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.Making an edibleproductfromsagopalm isa arduousprocess.Menpeelthebarkawayfromthetree,revealingthe pithinsidewhichisgatheredbythewomen,thenwashedandstrained,so thatthestarchrunsoutandcollectsina pastetypeflourwhichtheywillcookintoaflat bread.Thisis theirprimarysourceoffood.
  25. 25. MembersoftheMeakambut tribegatheraroundthecampfireforsago pancakesinPapuaNewGuinea.Making anedibleproductfromsagopalm isa arduous process.Menpeelthebarkawayfromthetree,revealingthepith insidewhichisgatheredbythewomen,thenwashedandstrained,so thatthestarchrunsoutandcollectsina pastetypeflourwhichtheywillcookintoaflat bread.Thisis theirprimarysourceoffood.
  26. 26. PasuAiyoandhissickwife,LidiaMaiou,take a breakfromtravelingtodrinkwaterinPapuaNewGuinea.
  27. 27. Maiou(center)struggleswithpneumoniawitha104 degreefeveronMarch 10, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.Herhusbandand Meakambut familypreparetobeginhikingtowardsmedicalassistance.Thenearestclinicisin Amboin, whichis atleastonedayswalkawayandonedaybycanoein AmboinVillage.
  28. 28. PasuAiyowrapshiswife,LidiaMaiou,ina bilum(netbag)tocarryheronhisbackduringthelongtriptowardsmedicalassistanceonMarch 10, 2009 inPapuaNewGuinea.LidiaMaioustruggleswithpneumoniawitha 104 degree fever.ThenearestclinicisinAmboin,whichisat leastonedayswalkawayandonedaybycanoeinAmboinVillage.
  29. 29. PasuAiyo,a memberoftheMeakambuttribe,standsintheArafundiRiverinPapuaNewGuinea.
  30. 30. Fotos: AmyToensing

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