Photos of Children of West-Papua

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Children of West-Papua

Like their age mates all over the world, the children of West-Papua are friendly, happy and keen to have their picture taken. On the coast they spend a lot of their free time in the water, swimming, playing in the sea, paddling canoes; in the highlands many boys carry bows and arrows, shooting birds or catch fish or crayfish in the lakes.

Girl in canoe
 
Children at Hamadi
 
Young Dani girls
 
School boys
 
Going home
 
School assembly
 
Boys in class
 
Throwing the reed
 
Dani children
 
Children of Minimo
 
Boy and bow
 
Three small girls
 
Children at motorbike
 
Three young boys
 
Little girls, Hitigima
 
Children of Hitigima
 
Children with arrows
 
Girls of Mulia
 
Catching shrimps
 
Happy kids of Enarotali
 
Young Ekari boy
 
Two small children
 
Football match
 
Girl of Madi
 
Boys with ''koteka''
 
Girl at the market
 
Young boy
 
Young girl
 
Children having fun
 
Boys of Nabire
 
Boy with fish spear
 
Kids with canoe
 
Boys of Kwawi
 
Crowd of children
 
Children in school
 
Children of Kaimana
 

Like their elders, boys start wearing the traditional penis gourd from an early age and even run around playing a game of football with it, although the youngest ones may dispense with clothing altogether; little girls wear the grass skirts of an unmarried woman. In town or school western clothes may be worn but in the remote regions this seems optional.

In towns on the coast it is obvious the population has become mixed, with many Indonesian faces among the Melanesian as a result of a massive influx of transmigrants; the government tries hard to make Indonesians, loyal to the state, out of the children in school; it remains to be seen if they will succeed in the long run: the cultural difference is vast.