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The Asmat of New Guinea


The Asmat live in the southwest part of the island of New Guinea, which is politically attached to Indonesia. Their name means "the true people;" They are semi-nomadic, living from gathering, hunting and fishing in the swamps, on the coasts and in the floodable forests along the rivers.

The Asmat consider themselves to be tree-people, the chest corresponding to the trunk, the head to the fruit, the arms to the branches and the feet to the roots.

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