Understanding Locals: Papuan
The indigenous people of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, are primarily from the Papuan ethnic group. They are known as the "Papuan people" and have inhabited the region for thousands of years. The Papuan people have a unique culture, language, and way of life that is closely tied to the land and the sea.
The Papuan people of Raja Ampat are skilled fishermen, hunters, and farmers. They have a deep connection to the ocean and rely on its resources for their livelihood, including fishing and gathering marine products. The sea is an essential part of their cultural identity, and their knowledge of marine ecosystems and sustainable fishing practices has been passed down through generations.
Papuan communities in Raja Ampat live in small villages along the coast and on remote islands. Their traditional houses, known as "rumah kaki seribu" or "one-thousand-legged houses," are built on stilts over the water, reflecting their close relationship with the sea. They play a crucial role in the conservation of the region's marine biodiversity and are actively involved in sustainable tourism initiatives to protect their land and resources.
Remember when you are there for your dive, approach the indigenous communities with respect and sensitivity, recognizing and appreciating their unique cultural heritage and the critical role they play in preserving the natural beauty of the region. At TWELF-X, we believe our ability to explore and have an adventure underwater is the work of the indigenous community. We are responsible to contribute positively to the well-being of the indigenous people and the conservation of Raja Ampat's extraordinary marine environment.