KARIMUI people


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WHAT IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY OF LIfE

"SURVIVAL IS ONLY POSSIBLE AS A MEMBER OF A GROUP"

“Sipu-u-u” in Kuman dialect means appreciation when receiving a gift. This word is used especially at time of feast. When the first outsiders encountered the lands of Chimbu and met the local clans, this was the first they have learned. Today the entire region is named after this magical word.

WHERE KARIMUI PEOPLE LIVE


 Chimbu,  Tribe, Papua New Guinea

Karimui believe successful survival is only possible in a community. Therefore, cooking is also performed jointly. On various occasions through the year, all members of the tribe (~1000 people) gather to prepare and eat meat together. Each person has to contribute to the well being of the entire group. Men prepare wood from the forest and set fire in the center of the village. Then they dig about 1 meter deep pit-hole right next to the fireplace. Kids bring fist size round stones from the nearby riverbed and place them inside the fire to be heated. In the same time Karimui’s chief supported by few others slaughter a pig. Bones and skull are carefully removed that later used for the making of soup together with all other organs. Nothing is wasted. Then the pig is cut into several large parts. Women layer hot stones, banana leaves and pieces of meat, and cover all this by more banana leaves, sweet potatoes, followed by banana leaves and hot stones. As soon as all the layers are finished the entire pit is shielded by a final layer of soil. All this turns the pit-hole into a kind of stove where the meat is baked and smoked for several hours. Once the food is ready, the entire tribe seats together. The chief gives to each person a piece of meat and sweet potato. This sets the beginning of the feast and dancing.

Wanga, Karimui tribe, PNG

Wanga, Karimui tribe, PNG

Wanga is the daughter of Karimui tribe's chief. 

Every Karimui is wearing best outfit. Bodies are decorated with feather from exotic birds, skin is covered by colorful clay, few parts of the body are shielded by the fur of various wild animals inhabiting the nearby forest.