Welcome to Yentchen

A small, temporary haus tambaran has been built near the ruins of the old one, with hearths inside clay dishes and six garamut drums with catfish, crocodile, and female figure carvings. Yentchen is noted for its wickerwork dancing costumes – figures of crocodiles, pigs, cassowaries and two-headed men, which are kept here.

Male initiates have their skin cut into ‘crocodile skin’ around Christmas. The ceremony is open to foreigners but be very respectful; no photography. You’ll have to pay a premium (possibly even K1200, depending on who you talk to) for the privilege.

Yentchen is 1½ hours by motor-canoe from Pagwi and it is possible to stay with Jacob Kambak in his basic guesthouse.

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