Explore the magnificent landscape of the exotic Papua Island, embark on a spectacular cultural journey and attend the Baliem Valley Festival scheduled to take place from 8th-10th August 2016. This year, the unique annual festival will be centered at the Wosilimo Village, Kurulu District, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua Province.
This is the one occasion when all the diverse tribes from the highlands of Wamena and the Baliem Valley such as the Dani, Lani, and the Yali congregate to celebrate their annual festival. This year the festival will be centered in the district of Jayawijaya. Located high in the Jayawijaya Mountains on the Indonesian side of the island of New Guinea, Baliem is a stunningly beautiful green valley long hidden beyond soaring hills.
Highlight of the Festival is the mock tribal warfare held to maintain the agility and preparedness of the tribes to defend their villages.
The tribal war simulation is scheduled to be held during two days featuring about 26 groups of 30-50 warriors. These mock battles are accompanied by the Papuan traditional music of Pikon. Pikon is a musical instrument made of wood skin which produces sounds when blown. The sounds created produce soothing music. Not many people can play the instrument as it requires special skills.
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