Pugima - Traditional Village

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Pugima - Traditional Village

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DSMcComb
London, UK89 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
I visited the village in the Pugima Valley as part of a day trip organised by Dr Weiglein Expeditions, while I was staying at the gorgeous Baliem Valley Resort.

I had a chance to visit many villages and hamlets during my time in the Baliem Valley, all of which were unforgettable. It’s encouraging to see how fiercely protective the Dani and other tribes in the Baliem Valley are of their traditions, and how many people still want to live a traditional lifestyle despite the march of modernity. Sure, some hamlets now have generators and electricity – but as the houses are still constructed using time-honoured methods, and you’ll encounter men who have several wives living with them in enclosed compounds, visiting these villages feels like stepping into a time warp.

When walking through the Pugima Valley, we were caught in an epic rain storm. As we stood shivering under a tree, a woman came from a nearby hut and offered us a place beside her fire until the storm passed. I was incredibly touched by her kindness; and after encountering the very worst of human nature when trying to book tours around Southeast Asia – see my forum posts, for example – it revived my faith in humanity.
Written February 18, 2016
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