The Dani, Yali and Baliem, mountain people of Irian Jaya still make fire from wood and rattan. When smoke appears, tinder is used to start the fire. This man with wild boar fangs through his nose, has never seen a lighter or matches. He lives in a restricted territory. The Indonesian army forbids access by outsiders. Many tribes from the area still practice cannibalism. The army attempts to control the most remote villages with scare tactics by sending helicopters on missions to shoot villagers from the air. These jungles are home to the last stone age cultures on earth. Between the Baliem Valley and the Asmat territory (closer to the border of Papua New-Guinea) many groups have had little interaction with the outside.

Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Jean-Philippe Soule 1994