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Open Access The Three-Month War in Panai

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The Three-Month War in Panai

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This chapter discusses the experiences of Gerrit Jan Iauri in Enarotali, part of the Wisselmeren sub-division now called Paniai. War was waged with the local community, the Ekari tribe, twice and the second war lasted from November 1956 until January 1957. After the war, to overcome the hostility of the local community, and give them insight into the positive intentions of the government, the approach taken was to call upon those who were considered to have some influence and had thoughts about advancing their community. These people were turned into contact people, or mediators between the government and the local community. Even certain kinds of vegetables were imported from outside to encouraged people to plant new kinds of vegetables. The author's role of an administrator was tough as he had to keep the peace in the communities, and sort out problems that came up, even at the pig feast.

Keywords:Ekari tribe; Enarotali; Painai; pig feast; war



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