The People And The Way of Live
The indigenous people of Irian jaya are Melanesians with black skins and curly hair .They generally have a root crop subsistence agriculture based on sweet potatoes and taro. people in the lowlands and swamps , however , obtain their starch from the sago palm which gives an extremely generous yield for remarkably little effort. feral and domesticated ping on the island of Irian jaya from southeast Asia was an event which has han vast cultural and ritual significance for its people pigs are often treated as members of the family and are sometimes suckled by women.
In some places they also accompany women to the gardens daily when they are weaned. from the discovery of a jawbone archaeologist estimate the pig arrived about 6,500 years ago. while many other people of the world were still hunter and gatherers ,Irian people had begun to garden. after fairly recently , many of the people lived within a simple Stone Age culture wearing little clothing and decorating their bodies with painting , shells ,pig tusks ,feathers and skins. there is a plethora of languages in the province, perhaps some 250 in all, each representing a tribal group which mixes little with the others.
Some of the more remote groups still have virtually no contact whit the outside world. In recent years, Indonesians from elsewhere in the country such as Java ,Sumatra and Sulawesi have come to the province.
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