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Iatmul

More than 300 languages are spoken among the various communities along the Sepik River. Their different heritage, rituals and historical backgrounds distinguish these groups, but one factor connects them all: their life revolves around the river. This area of Papua New Guinea is one of the least affected by outside influences.  

Living in the village is much better than living in town – I can hear my own emotions here.

Around 430,000 people live here, relying on whatever the river and the forest provides. The Iatmuls form one of the largest cultural groups around the Sepik, with around 10,000 people in some 25 villages. They are known for their decorative wood carvings, ancient spirit houses and ritualistic crocodile inspired scarification.

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