Between the Tides: A Fascinating Journey Among the Kamoro of New Guinea

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Periplus, 2002 - Travel - 255 pages
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Photographer Kal Muller was exploring one of the most remote places on earth - Irian Jaya, the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea and home to the Kamoro people, whose culture, it was widely believed, was extinct. By happenstance Muller stumbled upon an initiation ceremony and uncovered a thriving, traditional way of life. With longtime collaborator David Pickell and two Kamoro friends-Aloysius Akiniyau, a guide, and Apollo Takati, a schoolteacher-Muller set out to rediscover the Kamoro people. Traveling by dugout canoe to survey the far-flung villages of the Kamoro Coast, their journey took them from the dusty frontier town of Timika to tiny Lakahia Island. Along 200 miles of twisting mangrove creeks and across the relentless Arafura Sea, they discovered a culture undergoing a delicate, sometimes humorous, and often wrenching process of change.

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Travel writer Pickell and photographer Muller, who have collaborated on several books on remote parts of Indonesia, here offer an illustrated book on the Kamoro, presenting both contemporary and ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

David Pickell has edited eight books on Indonesian art, natural history, and travel; three of which are about Irian Jaya. He is also the author of Diving Bali. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Kal Muller specializes in photographing traditional peoples of the world. His work has appeared in dozens of books and as many magazines, including National Geographic. For the past two decades he has focused on Indonesia, especially Irian Jaya.

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