Fayu Indigenous Peoples of West Papua, Live in Harmony with the Germans since 1980.
On Januari 190, Sabine Kuegler and her family entered the remote forest inside the West Papua. The arrival of her family was inspired by her father, Klaus Kuegler, who left Germany earlier and lived inside the forest as the linguist and missionary along side the Fayu tribe, on of the indigenous people of West Papua. The Kuegler stayed on the west coast of Jaya Pura for a year and founded a small settlement, they called the Danau Bira (Lake of Bira). The settlers came from many nationalities as the missionary, aircraft pilot, antropolog and some of supporting staffs. The settlement also supported by small runaway for small and light aircraft taxi, post office, meeting hall, lodging and elemental school.
A year before the Kuegler build a settlement, Klaus Kuegler had conducted several expedition on the jungle of West Papua, studied the information about the existance of Fayu indigenous people. On her book, Sabine written that she was 7 years while her sister, Judith was 7 and her brother, Christian was 5 years, when they were came to West Papua on 1980.
The Fayu’s is more taller compare than others tribal people, Dani and Bauzi tribes. They could be identified by the head dress made from the feather of Emu Bird and long thin bond sticked through their nose, and carried a 3 stick of arrow and bow on the hand while the other hand hold the stone axe.
When The Kuegler came for the first time, the Chief Baou (tribal leaders) gave the most unique welcoming ritual by stick his forehead to all Kuegler’s family members, rubbed it, as the gesture of acceptance of the Fayu Tribe. It took by surprised when they recived that kind of warm and unique greeting, contrary to the understanding that the Fayu is the most bar baric tribe in the West Papua, turned out the Fayu is only ordinary and friendly indigenous peoples, protecting whoever entered their teritory as their families. Ever since that time, the Kuegler lived completely according to the Fayu’s habit, hunting with bow and arrow, bathing in the clear pristine water, barefoot and play with animals. The Kuegler learned a most lesson of life, live in simplicity, respect each others, treat peoples equally and always open your hand for anyone who needs your assistance. The Kuegler was very happy andfind their peace inside the jungle, lived with them and being accepted as the family members.
Sabine later wrote a book about her happy and peacefull childhood in the heart of West Papua jungle, lived along with the Fayu Tribe. The first book, Dschungelkind (jungle child, my fond memories in West Papua Jungle) was published on 2006, followed by Die Abenteuer der Dschungelkids (the adventure of the jungle child) in 2009, and Das Dschungelabenteuer (the adventure in the jungle) published in 2010. Her mother, Dorris also wote a book in 2011, Dschungeljahre – Mein Leben bei den Ureinwohnern West-Papuas (my years livin with indigenous peoples of West Papua) and being published in 2011. Those books were telling an inside story about West Papua indigenous peoples who has a important element of human being should have in pursue of peacefull living in harmony, real examplary model of being modest, honest and sincere.
Until the present time, the Kuegler remain maintain the communication with the Fayu’s, developed more education institution. Government of Indonesia also ensure the Fayu’s that they have an equal right as Indonesian, on their land, air and sea. The Fayu’s in only one sample of the richness of the culture and tradition who has their own conservation system of art and nature.
Source : https://www.goodnewsfromindonesia.id/2017/08/11/orang-orang-suku-fayu-merupakan-sahabat-orang-jerman-sejak-tahun-1980