Welcome to Kaminabit
The haus tambaran in the central village features a couple of large ceremonial masks, hook cult figures and garamut drums. Its centrepiece is a crocodile-tailed guardian with a hornbill on his head and genitalia to make any man proud. It is sought out for good luck before fishing or hunting.
Run by local carver and artist Ronnie, Bowies Art Centre by the riverfront in the first (easternmost) village has the best concentration of artefacts on the Sepik, from Tanbanum masks and Minimbit guardian carvings to locally made shell-and-pig-tusk necklaces, penis gourds from the Upper Sepik, yam masks from inland villages and more. Ronnie also does remarkable art with crocodile skulls (from K2000).
Right near Bowies Art Centre in the easternmost village, there's a compact haus tambaran that is the cleanest in the area (no cobweb curtains here) and has Albert the wild pig costume in its pride of place, as well as a couple of garamut drums.
Experienced guide Cyril Tara runs an appealing guesthouse with baby-blue trim and clean, simple rooms with mosquito nets. Cyril's wife can cook up meals on request. Plan B is the large, rambling, and pricier guesthouse run by Sebby Kungun, with rather unloved basic rooms.
From Aibom it takes one hour to get here by motor-canoe, and from Palambei it’s 1½ hours by motor-canoe.