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Jakarta Post

Lake Sentani plans festival to bridge gap

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 1 2010   /  10:52 am

Want to know how Papuan “female divers” smoke while diving, or how to call a crocodile out of a river by whistling, or any of the other unique local wisdom of the Sentani people? Then don’t miss the Lake Sentani Festival, Jayapura Regent Habel Melkias Suwae says.Delivering his address at the opening of a Sentani photo exhibition here Friday, Habel said the festival, the third such festival since 2008, would be held from July 19 to 23 this year, and was
targeting not only to attract more foreign and domestic tourists to the regency, but also to improve ties between Papua and Indonesia’s other provinces and peoples.“Ethnically we are different. You are part of the Melayu ethnicity, but we are Melanesian. However,
we are one in Indonesia. This festival is really a means to introduce Papuan people and our culture to you. We need to get to know each other better to strengthe...