Rare look at Indonesian Korowai people who were not discovered until 1974
Remarkable photographs of a remote tribe that had been detached from the outside world until the 1970s were taken by an adventurous photographer.
The images of the Korowai people in West Papua, Indonesia, show the almost naked tribesmen who protect and repair live insects and their vestigial tree buildings.
Little is known about the tribe and there is doubt that they will live their lives as authentic as they present them, amid claims that they have now set up a tourist economy to deceive Westerners.
A member of the remote Korowai tribe in West Papua, Indonesia, eats a living bug in an image made by Italian photojournalist Gianluca Chiodini
The almost naked tribesmen eat live insects, although it is doubted how authentic the life is that they are actually to westerners
Some believe that the Korowai practiced cannibalism until recently, but others say that this was a myth that certain clans continued to promote interest and tourism
Their first documented contact with the outside world was when a group of scientists met members of a clan in 1974.
An Australian reporter later claimed that the tribe practiced cannibalism, but this has been disputed by some.
And while the Korowai previously lived in communal tree houses high in the jungle, the clans have increasingly moved to established villages.
Last year the tribe was the subject of a BBC blunder when a film team following the 2011 Human Planet series discovered that the tree houses were built for the show – and were not inhabited by the tribe.
In BBC Two & # 39; s My Year With The Tribe last year, adventurer Will Millard visited the Korowai where during a trip to a tree house they told him that the elevated houses & # 39; not our home & # 39; and that they are & # 39; commissioned by the filmmaker & # 39; goods.
The tribesmen are depicted digging pulp from a palm tree to make sago, a delicacy and important food pile
Their first documented contact with the outside world was when a group of scientists met members of a clan in 1974
A mother carrying her child on her back and a machete in her right hand walks through the rainforest
The Korowai used to live high in trees to avoid bugs, but now they have moved more and more to established villages
This latest set of photos was taken by Gianluca Chiodini, 41, who walked through rain forests for days to spend several nights with the tribe
& # 39; What I discovered on the Korowai territory was that something more of a Korowai tourist economy was going on in the more contacted, accessible places, where they gave a performance for the benefit of wealthy tourists, & # 39; Mr. Millard said at the time.
The BBC later issued a statement that it had violated & # 39; editorial standards & # 39; inaccurately depicting the life of the Korowai, which is now thought to have around 3,000 people.
It was revealed that they charged Western photographers money to appear naked and live in the trees, although that was not how they used to live.
This latest series of photos was taken by Italian photojournalist Gianluca Chiodini, 41, who walked through rain forests for days to spend several nights with the tribe.
Last year the tribe was the subject of a blunder by the BBC when a film team following a series from 2011 discovered that the tree houses were built for the show – and were not inhabited by the tribe
Little is known about the tribe and there is doubt that they will live their lives as authentically as they present to the outside world
Marcus, the chief, plays Chiodini a tune on Chiodini. There are claims that the tribe has created a tourist economy to mislead Westerners
A tribesman uses his teeth to get a knot on his improvised tools. The Korowai do not have access to many modern medicines
He said: & # 39; The Korowai live in the heart of the rainforest, where they have not yet been exposed to the modern world, so they still maintain many of their age-old traditions.
& # 39; The first documented contact with the outside world took place with a group of scientists in March 1974. Until then, members of the Korowai tribe were totally unaware of anyone else on earth. & # 39;
The Korowai do not have access to many modern medicines and diseases are treated with herbs, so the death rate is usually very high.
The tribe did not have the relevant scientific knowledge and believed that deaths were caused by & # 39; khakhua & # 39; or demons that take on human form.
Some say that anyone killed by an & # 39; demon & # 39; was eaten by the remaining tribesmen, a curious revenge ritual to protect the rest of the Korowai people, although this is disputed.
Certain anthropologists believe that clans in the tribe have continued the myth of cannibalism to promote interest and tourism.
One of the specialties eaten by the trunk is sago, made from palm trees, which is essentially pureed tree pulp cooked on the fire.
One of the specialties eaten by the trunk is sago, made from palm trees, which is essentially pureed tree pulp cooked on the fire
Certain anthropologists believe that clans in the tribe have continued the myth of cannibalism to promote interest
Some say that anyone killed by an & # 39; demon & # 39; was eaten by the remaining tribesmen in a curious revenge ritual, but others dispute this
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