Dani tribe people of Ugem Village, Baliem Valley, West Papua. (Shutterstock.com/Katiekk )
West Papua is set to host Senja Kaimana Festival 2017 in Kaimana Regency on Nov. 20-23.
The cultural parade will feature eight tribes from Kaimana, namely Mairasi, Kuri, Irarutu, Oburau, Madewana, Napiti, Myere and Kouwayi.
The festival itself was first held in 2012 and has become an annual event in the regency. This year, the event is slated to feature performances of modern and traditional dances, traditional archery competition, traditional cooking competition, exhibition of local products and cultural procession.
“There will be a cultural parade from tribes in Kaimana to open the festival and also competitions for visitors. Hopefully Kaimana will be getting more recognition that is beneficial to the local economy,” said Kaimana tourism department head Marthen Fenetiruma.
Dozens of stalls will be available for the locals to sell handicraft products or food.
The festival will also host a batik launching event where several batik motifs such as palm, garuda combined with traditional house, jellyfish, sea urchin, sun, tifa and manta will be trademarked.
“One of the aims of this festival is to consistently promoting Kaimana batik,” Marthen added.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to visit several tourist sites such as Hius Paus in Triton Bay, Mai Mai site, Ermund, Tugu For De Bus Lobo and Little Comodo in Triton Bay.
To travel to Kaimana, tourists can book a Garuda Indonesia flight.
“Garuda offers flights that serve Ambon – Kaimana – Manokwari and Ambon – Kaimana – Nabire using ATR – 600 planes that can carry 70 passengers,” he told. (kes)
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