MUMMY OF A DANI WARRIOR
Burial practices vary in New Guinea, just as they do everywhere else in the world. Some cultures believe the soul is directly affected by the way the body is processed, which may be the reason why this Dani warrior was mummified, supposedly 200 or more years ago. It's one of the attractions that people might see when they travel to the Baliem Valley in the highlands of western New Guinea. This area is the home of the Dani people who number about 100,000. The Grand Valley, as the region is also called, was only discovered 75 years ago, in 1938. The tribe is one of the world's more recent stone tool making cultures. The area is only reachable by plane and, as a result, is slow to modernize, due to its remoteness.