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The primitive tribe still live a very traditional existence due to the remoteness of their location, only reachable by plane. Situated at an altitude of 1,600 metres in the heart of the Cyclops Mountains, Wamena is the only town in the valley though it is estimated that 250,000 Dani live in the region, with the valley having one of the highest densities of population in Papua Province.

People of the traditional Dani tribe from Lembah Baliem stand in their village. The tribe was once famed as a head-hunting tribe and still demonstrate specific customs today, including the women cutting off segments of their fingers whenever a relative dies.

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Women of the Dani tribe make a traditional bag called a Noken.

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Women of the Dani tribe show their amputated fingers.

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Women of the Dani tribe show their amputated fingers. The women cut off parts of their fingers when a relative dies.

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A young boy sits in front of his house - traditionally called a honai - in Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia.

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A woman stands by bead necklaces and traditional bags.

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Women of the Dani tribe stand in front of their house.

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A woman of the tribe makes a traditional bag.

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Boys from the tribe.

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