The Korowai are direct neighbours of the Asmat. and
live north of the Dairam Kabiur. Their habitat is limited by two large
rivers and the mountains in the north. Their swampy area is approximately
600 km² bid. In this difficult area are living up to 2500 Korowai
together in small family groups. The Korowai are hunters and collectors.
They nourish themselves mainly with Sago which they won from Sago
palms. They refer their main protein food from the larvae of the Capricorn
beetle. The huntable animals represent their further base of live.
There are wild pigs; Casuar bird; birds; snakes; and small insects.
Vegetable food is also very important for them. Especially palmleaves,
.fern, breadfruit and the red pandanaefruit.
The Korowai live together in small family groups
in treehouses. These treehouses can reach heights up to 50 meters,
what however only in exceptional cases the case is. The Korowai build
such kind of treehouses only if there is a disput with the neighbours,
or if they live in an hostile area. Their normal treehouses are around
6 to 25 Meters high. A Korowai family with up to eight persons live
in such kind of houses. But there is a strictly separatism between
men and women. Their material culture is exclusively limited to indispensable
things of daily live as well as decoration articles for the body.