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Open Access Two Keys to Attracting the Baliem People

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Two Keys to Attracting the Baliem People

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There are two keys that can be used to captivate the hearts of the Dani people of the Baliem Valley. The first is to approach them through their elders or community leaders, and the second, through their children. This chapter discusses the experiences of the author in the valley, where he took local children under his wing, fostered them, and married them off. This way, he engaged the community to cooperate. Work on the airfield was one form of punishment that was applied in the Baliem Valley, but it was after the opening of a new airfield that introduction of change occurred. Papuans were told to plant soybeans, which could be picked in three months, and they would have money, rather than waiting for big projects and years to complete. What is needed to develop Papua is to develop the people's economy, making people capable of meeting their own needs.

Keywords:airfield; Baliem Valley; Dani people; Papua; soybeans

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