Tribal People: First Contact

Yakobus guides the boat upriver towards base camp on day one, pointing out obstacles.

Yakobus sleeps in the prahu (a long outriggered canoe powered by an outboard motor) on the first day of the expedition up the coast from Nabire.

Yakobus sleeps in the prahu (a long outriggered canoe powered by an outboard motor) on the first day of the expedition up the coast from Nabire.
(Stephen Dupont)


Kelly Woolford bathes in the river at base camp.

Kelly Woolford bathes in the river at base camp.
(Stephen Dupont)


One of the porters (most likely Yakobus) throws his hands up during the group's first encounter.

One of the porters (most likely Yakobus) throws his hands up during the group's first encounter.
(Stephen Dupont)


A tribesman brandishes his bow and arrow during the group's first encounter.

A tribesman brandishes his bow and arrow during the group's first encounter.
(Stephen Dupont)


One of the porters (most likely Yakobus) puts his hands up as tribesmen approach the group.

One of the porters (most likely Yakobus) puts his hands up as tribesmen approach the group.
(Stephen Dupont)


Kelly Woolford offers a cigarette to one of the tribesmen during the group's first encounter.

Kelly Woolford offers a cigarette to one of the tribesmen during the group's first encounter.
(Stephen Dupont)


Kelly Woolford offers a cigarette to one of the tribesmen during the group's first encounter.

Kelly Woolford offers a cigarette to one of the tribesmen during the group's first encounter.
(Stephen Dupont)


Robert Ferdiny, Kelly Woolford, and author Michael Behar weigh their options after their initial encounter.

Robert Ferdiny, Kelly Woolford, and author Michael Behar weigh their options after their initial encounter.
(Stephen Dupont)


Yakobus, porter for the expedition, poses for a portrait.

Yakobus, porter for the expedition, poses for a portrait.
(Stephen Dupont)

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