ELIMBARI people


WHAT IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY OF LIfE

"FIRE IS THE GREATEST POWER HUMAN OBTAIN FROM THE NATURE"

Elimbari people inhabit the lands of Simbu district high in the inner land of New Guinea island. At the beginning Europeans didn't believe that there could be anyone to live in that hostile landscape. Having being isolated for ages from the modern world, Elimbari preserved their believe in the power of the nature. As it was recently discovered, their land located on 1600m+ altitude is very fertile due to the nearby volcano eruption. In addition, the unique climate gives perfect conditions to grow coffee plants. Today numerous entrepreneurs from Europe and Australia are interested in developing coffee plantations ignoring the fact how they will change the existing nature as well as local Elimbari culture.

WHERE ELIMBARI PEOPLE LIVE


The origin of fire

At the beginning Elimbari people simply warmed and dried their food in the sun. However, there was an old witch named Goga in their village who was cooking food with fire that she was taking from her body. She was very careful to do this while everyone was outside hunting. Goga believed that by keeping the fire as a secret she can have more power over the villagers and make them depended on her skill. At some point of time, the men realized the food had unusual nice taste. Soon after, one of them decided to hide in the village and find what the old lady was doing while everyone was away. Once the secret was revealed, the young boy stole the fire and ran off with it. The old woman chased him, but he jumped over a tree, which she was unable to do. As he ran on, however, the brand burned his hand, and he dropped it over the nearby dry grass, which caught the blaze and set fire. Now, in a hole in this tree, lived a snake, whose tail caught fire and burned like a torch. The old woman, finding that she could not overtake the thief, caused a great rain to fall. When the rain had stopped, the hunters went out to look for fire by using the tail of the snake and a great pile of wood, and people from all the villages came and got flame, which they took home with them.