Jakarta. Papua does not only have scenic landscapes and diving sites, but also unique cultural features, including warfare techniques and war dances, which will be presented in the Baliem Valley in Jayawijaya district from Tuesday (08/08) to Friday.
"Only at the Baliem Valley Festival you can enjoy the sensational blend of Papua's natural beauty and distinct cultures," Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya said on Thursday.
This year's festival is themed "The Art of Dance & War," and visitors will be invited to watch traditional battles staged for the event.
Since 1989, the festival has been attracting international attention, with travel photographers from various countries documenting Papua's nature and culture.
"Beside watching the battles, tourists can also interact with members of various Papuan tribes and enjoy the beautiful scenery," Tourism Ministry's deputy for tourism development Esthy Reko Astuti said.
Another attraction are the tombs of tribe leaders and warlords of nearby Kurulu, Assologaima and Kurima villages, whose mummified remains have survived hundreds of years.