YONKI people


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WHAT IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY OF LIfE

"TIME CAN'T WAIT. IT GOES AND GOES COMPLETELY"

Yonki inhabit the Eastern Highland of Papua New Guinea. Yauna river is their home where they fish as well as hunt for wild game in the nearby jungle. However, in 2011 the national government started a construction founded by private investors aimed at building one of the largest dams in the country. Majority of the Yonki people have to abandon their territory and to be reallocated to Lae town. The large scale construction requires roads and lot of workers. With this Yonki start to learn many new things from the modern world including feelings of greed, wrath and envy that were unknown to them till that moment..

WHERE YONKI PEOPLE LIVE


 YONKI TRIBE MAP, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI TRIBE MAP, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Yonki people live in a valley locked between several mountains. Soon it will be transformed into a massive water dam and they will have to reallocate to the nearby town of Lae.

YONKI WARRIOR, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The Origin of Thunder

Yonki tell the story of a strong hunter who wanted to hunt wild game in the nearby jungle. While wandering around the forest the man found a strange looking wooden bow. He decided to try his luck with the new weapon. And to his surprise he was very successful. Before turning back to his village worry rushed into hunter’s head. What if others envy him and try to still his new bow?! Then the man notices a high and steep mountain nearby. He climbed to its top and hid the bow between few rocks. Immediately after his returned to his village every tribesman saluted him for the big catch. On the following days the man came to the forest several times and always brought lot of wild game as a catch. However, the man had a younger brother who start to fill jealous and wanted to discover his secret. One day, the hunter came to find his bow stolen, the only possible culprit his own younger brother. After tracking him down, the two fought for the bow, and the younger brother ran away to the top of a steep mountain nearby. When the siblings had held their battle, there was an explosion on the summit, and so now, when Younki hear thunder, they know that it is the two brothers fighting again.

YONKI BOY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI TRIBE ELDER, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI WARRIOR, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI TRIBE BOY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI TRIBE WOMAN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI TRIBE WARRIOR, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI WOMAN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

YONKI TRIBE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA