Korowai Tribe Tree House, Lahayu Clan Village – Papua, Lat 05 30 51S, Long 139 17 17E, Scale 1:50, Materials: SLS 3d print, Sycamore leaves, model foliage.
The Korowai people live in the South Eastern Jungles of Papua. To escape threats including flooding, insects and rival clans they construct tree houses as tall as 40 meters. Also aiming to gain respect from other clans the taller they build the houses the more respect they gain. Once a suitable iron wood has been chosen construction begins. Using many felled trees cut with stone age tools, around 5000m of rattan twine, 30 bundles of sago palm leaves for the roof and 16 rolls of tree bark for the floor and walls. Around forty clan members build these amazing constructions in about two weeks. With knowledge combined with skill and ingenuity the Korowai people have mastered their environment showing it a respect that is being lost elsewhere. Living a remarkable life in harmony with nature.
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