Asmat Tribe

One of the largest tribes in Papua

Papua Asmat Tribe
  • Inhabitants of the swampy mangroves

    The Asmat tribe is an ethnic group of New Guinea. They have inhabited the swampy mangrove forests for thousands of years, a region that covers approximately 25,000 square kilometers, along the South coast of Papua province. It is one of the largest tribes in Papua, their population is estimated to be around 70.000 people, an amount that is divided into a few hundred villages. These villages vary in size, they can hold as few as thirty-five people and in other ones can live as many as two thousand inhabitants.

    Inhabitants of the swampy mangroves

    Raja Ampat and the Wayag islets

    Leisure & Snorkeling Cruise RAJA AMPAT

    | 8 Days / 7 Nights | 2548 € Full Board

    Central & North Raja Ampat, 
    Sorong to Sorong

    Next Departure:

    2024 November 29th to 06th

    319 per day

    Snorkeling sessions,
    Activities every day

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    Given the Asmat’s natural environment, a landscape that is practically inhospitable to modern human life, farming was impossible. They subsisted instead on whatever they could collect or hunt from the forests and ocean around them, such as starch from the sago palm, sago grubs, crustaceans, fish, bush meat and the occasional enemy. Their average height is about 172 cm for men and 162 cm for women, they have curly hair and their skin tone is generally black. These characteristics come from being Polynesians descendants.

    Their languages belong to the Papuan language family and the central Asmat now even have a written form of their spoken language.

    Asmat Lifestyle


    The members of this tribe have the belief they arose out from wood, therefore wood is sacred for them. They believe in the existence of a close relationship between trees and humans. Since ancient times, they have carved amazing things from wood, in many types, such as shields, canoes, ancestor poles, sculptured figures, and drums and they have contributed art through their admirably complex culture.

    Their wood carving and sculptures are linked with the spirit world, much of their original art is symbolic, representing warfare, headhunting, daily life, their love for nature and warrior -ancestor veneration, therefore their work is not simply a decoration, it must be given the highest regard and appreciation. They have created some of the most wonderful and unique world's wood sculptures, many of them can be found in museums around the world, some are still on display today at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and others are most coveted by international art collectors.

    Nowadays, wood carving continues to flourish as a tradition among the members of the tribe, being the woodcarvers of the community always well respected. The Asmat Tribe celebrates its wood carving tradition every year with a cultural festival that gathers all the small villages for an exhibition. They show their skills on weaving, boating, traditional dances, and musical performances. After the 5-day festival, they conclude the exhibition with an open auction of their fine artworks.

    Asmat Beliefs

    Fierce Warriors

    The Asmat were once best known as a cannibalistic tribe in Papua, they were fierce warriors who in the past practiced head-hunting following their culture and belief. The Asmat did not only hunt for skulls, they also worshipped them. The skulls would be modified and decorated, to be later on displayed on their homes. They would also put human skulls under their heads instead of a pillow. Besides being headhunters, they were also hunters for names, as they believed that when they killed a man and ate him, they would take his power and become him. Sometimes a child was given a name only after 10 years of being born, and after its village decided to kill a man from an enemy village nearby. Fortunately, the evil reputation of Asmat has become history, thanks to the work done by missionaries to change this.

    Fierce Warriors


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    Landscapes are also pretty different due to Tropical rainforest climate and Tropical savannah climate.

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