Friday, December 10, 2010


Dani's Song- 1st Video




To my Own Understanding of Disneyfication means changing of world towards globalisation, Modernised and moving to make improvement in our Standard of Living. Likewise to Dani’s Tribe which I had research on, although they are belonging to the Indigenous Group, they are moving towards “Disneyfication” so as to improve their standard of living.

In cultural point of Dani’s, some of the traditional cultures were not performed like chopping off fingers if their relative or someone whom they knew were dead. Minority of the Dani’s did not chop off because they are slowly being influenced by the outside world and had changed their minds. They had opened up their culture to the outsiders to come because of Globalisation which the Indonesia Government had done to promote their cultures. 

There were new developments being done in the Dani’s tribe like, roads being built to make it accessible for the locals as well as the tourists. However, despite receiving large amounts of money by the Indonesia government, there is very little improvement in the lives of the population. Majority of funds have been invested in government infrastructure and roads in district government places.

During the last three decades, Papua has undergone significant changes in the economic growth. The number of people living in poverty and in severe poverty has increased. It had gradually formed a huge income gap between people in rural and urban areas. The largest contributors to the economy of Papua are mining and agriculture due to Disneyfication because the locals getting to make use of their land which are rich in agriculture. There are also forms of cultivation that are being produced such as coconut, cloves, nutmeg, cashews, palm oil and rubber but very little of this benefits native Papuans as part of it is dominated by migrants.

(j) analyse the changes that have been brought about by the growth of tourism in the country
Improvements had being made with the help of some organisations which states that “Since June 2007 Yasumat and Papua Partners have been working with women in the District of Ninia in Yahukimo to help them in the first stages of income generation activities.  A women's cooperative was initiated working which brings together 12 villages.  In each village women are raising rabbits and have started a small business selling bread or sweet potato & onion snacks.  The women also receive training in basic business skills and a credit scheme was started in 2008 which has to date helped set up 15 new micro-enterprises.” This shows that Dani’s women are getting to learn more skills to upgrade themselves so that they will not be living like past few decades. They are becoming dependable. 

It is very common to find schools in the districts without teachers and clinics without staff for the majority of the year. Some teachers have never gone to their assigned schools even once. However, life had being improving as shown “In order to increase access to primary education in remote areas Papua Partners partner Yasumat has established 'parallel schools'. “  Papua Partners organisation had worked together with other organisation to help in building more schools and improve it to become better than last time. They also give basic opportunities for educations are helping people in Papua discover who they are and find themselves worthwhile.
Papua Partners supports the Yasumat education program in finding funds and in program management, strengting the education teams' capacity for delivering a more effective and far reaching service. This can help Dani’s tribe to get away from what they are in the Past and be Globalised or Disneyfication. 

(k) comment on whether tourism has been a culprit in commodifying cultures and traditions?  
In my opinion, i think yes. As the terms of tourism, there are more and more terminology coming up like Spas tourism, Sport tourism, Culture tourism etc.. Without being able to get into the pace of the modern world, the country is sure bound to have problems like insufficient money to support its people etc. thus, visiting indigenous tribes is a way to increase tourism receipt as well as revenue. 

However, when opened up the tribes to tourist, changes must be done like building roads, hotels, shopping malls etc. all these places need Land therefore, to get these land is to demolish some of the Tribes homes and developed it into an Leisure activities or Attractions. While doing all these for the benefits of the Country, Do they consider about how the Indigenous Tribes will feel? This is an important questions in concerning about the Tribes' feelings. 

As times goes by, Some of these Indigenous Groups may abolish the way that they had lived after being influenced by the tourist of wanting to get a new life. Thus, original cultures will slowly disappeared.

What is the country known for?

It is a place to see the 250-year old mummy at SOPAIMA, SUROBA village. . Another thing which brought fame to the Dani tribe are the several hundred years old ”smoked” mummies of famous tribesmen. this can be served as a unique or a MUST to visit places which will eventually attract the number of Tourists. 

Other than Mummies, the Scenery is also one of the place in which all you can see is just the Mountains and Mountains including the Ocean.

Resort was Built!
The Baliem Valley Resort

Resort has been built in Baliem Valley which is done similarly to lives or culture of Dani’s. the resort offers 15 circular rooms colorized by local style especially the Honai’s, done with a super large sun terrace with comfortable sun-chairs and the roofs made from local grass that made you feel the ‘air’ of the tribes. All rooms are completed with handmade wooden furniture and the spacious bathroom with natural stonewalls, fulfilled with all common bathrooms amenities. All these facilities are seems like having a theme which represented the culture of the Danis’ Tribe.
This is one of the Bedroom of the Resort Villa

Villa amenities:

  • All rooms offer a great view over the vast resort area.

  • Each room has diameter about 10 meters with elegant interior design.

  • The spacious bathrooms are nicely finished with natural stonewalls

  • Handmade wooden furniture

  • All rooms have a super large sun-terrace with comfortable chairs and sun-chairs

  • Blanket

  • Hot and cold shower, dressing room, towels, common bathroom-amenities

  • For More Details: 

    Types of Leisure Programmes (E.g. festivals, events, sports, other recreation…)

    Festival Programmes
    One of the main festivities in Dani culture is the Pig Feast which can be held for weddings, funerals or other important occasions. One or more pigs will be slaughtered (after being killed the traditional way with bow and arrow), prepared and cooked in a traditional earth oven.

    The Baliem Valley Cultural Festival
    This event, you will see the Papuan tribes in action, there will be an incredible war demonstration, and you will be able to see the different kinds of Papua highland penis gourd from the Dani people as well as the  long gourd from the Mek tribe, Dani traditional net bags, a real out acting of   a funeral, and much more.

    Trekking in Dani done by some Travel Agent

    DAY 01:  Arrival in Wamena, walking up to Ugem village. The scenery and local people are welcome you. They are friendly, smile and say ” Wah” Wah”  which means (welcome).

    Day 02 :  Hitugi, meet the big chief and was allowed to visit the secret hut, but will never enter in, just stand outside and take a photo out of it. Overnight at in the Sykosimo or known as “the siep and kosay village”.

    DAY 03: Syokosimo village, descend the steep hill down to traditional hanging bridge across Mugi River

    Comments Made by Tourists experienced the Travelling
    Comments by Thomas Kempf & Steffi Peter
    "We slept together with our team in local huts, but also it is possible for other tourist to sleep alone in modern buildings there." From the Word Modern, we can say that Dani's had undergo changes in providing Tourist with a comfortable place to visit and stay on to experience the Way of Life of the Dani's Tribe.

    Aiport in Wamena
    First thing to do is to buy a written ticket and then get on board, sit where you like, doors are closed and off .. No searches, security checks or safety drills, fasten your belt is done. Almost all the passengers are locals and carry-on baggage can be black plastic rubbish bags, plastic buckets, nets, or even trays of eggs tied together with string. Checked in baggage can also be in plastic bags, cartons or paper parcels and is not subject to any control. although Dani's Villages is being changed to become accessible, the Safety issues was not well done to ensure that it is safe for tourists to travel through Planes.