Photograph by

Mattia Passarini (Italy)

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The Yali, who live in West Papua, Indonesia, are a major tribal group living in a very isolated and inaccessible area of  the Jayawijaya Mountains, east of Baliem Valley, which is also known as the Yalimo. I went hiking for several weeks, passing through many small villages, until I found the very remote and still very traditional Yali community. I have visited many tribal groups and remote people in past years, but Yali people are one of the most unique.