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Dani Battle Rituals
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Dani warriors with wooden spears, bows and featherless arrows prepare for a ritual mock battle outside a fortress-like compound in the grand valley of the Balim River, high in the central highlands of West Papua (Irian Jaya, Indonesia). Point-and-shoot Noritsu Koki QSS film scan, February 1997.

A strategically placed defensive watchtower crafted with strong poles and heavy vine lashing looms in the backdrop as a safeguard against a surprise attack.

The Dani of this generation were once engaged in an elaborate system of constant warfare, organized around changing political alliances and large shifting confederations across the grand valley. War was a constant and immediate part of everyday life.

Much of the fighting ended in the 1960's under an enforced Indonesian pacification programme, although it is likely that certain forms of traditional fighting still occurred in some of the isolated pockets of the region up to the late 1990's.

Today, fighting generally takes the form of a mock battle rite that often includes women and children in some of the ritual running patterns.

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Date: 2013-04-29 16:26:21



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Frightening group as no doubt they intended to be!
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