Welcome to Yali Country
Over the eastern walls of the Baliem Valley, amid scenery that is often just as stunning, lies the home of the Yali people. Only contacted in the 1960s and rumoured to have cannibalised a missionary or two, the Yali are one of the more traditional highland peoples. Although many villagers have in the last 15 years taken to shorts and T-shirts, the older men may still be seen in ‘skirts’ of rattan hoops, with penis gourds protruding from underneath. Missionaries provide much of the infrastructure here, such as schools and transport.
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