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Open Access Meeting the Tree People

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Meeting the Tree People

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This chapter narrates Alex Wamafma's experiences with the tree people of Digul and his years of service under the seconded to the HPB of the Dutch government. His first task was to get the people who lived in tree houses to be willing to come down and establish villages together like usual villages. He managed to get their cooperation after using contact articles such as axes, machetes, knives and fishing tools and created villages not far from the sago forest areas. Being a JVVS graduate, he attended OSIBA for five years. His years the head of local government posed no problem, but the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority's (UNTEA) exit in May 1963 posed difficulties. He was arrested during the time the Act of Free Choice, and released in 1970. After graduating from the refresher course at APDN (Academy for Domestic Government), he returned to work in government.

Keywords:Academy for Domestic Government (APDN); Act of Free Choice; OSIBA; tree people; United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA)



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