Meet secretive tribe who live in forest tree houses and didn't know other people existed until 1970s

Meet secretive tribe who live in forest tree houses and didn't know other people existed until 1970s

There are not many tribes around the world that are more mysterious than the Korowai, who are found in south eastern Papua, Indonesian New Guinea.

They live in remote and densely forested areas and often build towering tree houses on the forest canopies. In effect, they live the high life, literally.

They were reportedly unaware that other people existed on earth until the 1970s. Given the remote locations they live in, this is hardly surprising.

Some of their tree houses go all the way up the forest canopies. Photo: George Steinmelz

Some of their tree houses go all the way up the forest canopies. Photo: George Steinmelz

The Korowai are a secretive tribe. Photo: Daily Mail

The Korowai are a secretive tribe. Photo: Daily Mail

The trees give them extra protection from raiding rival clans. Photo: Eric Baccega

The trees give them extra protection from raiding rival clans. Photo: Eric Baccega

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The tribe is thought to number only about 3,000. Their towering tree houses are believed to be a way to avoid capture from rival clans during raids.

There have been suggestions that the Korowai are cannibalistic. However, anthropologists believe this is an exaggeration.

Their first documented contact with the outside world was in 1974.

A tribesman climbing a tree house. Photo: Eric Baccega

A tribesman climbing a tree house. Photo: Eric Baccega

A Korowai tribeswoman carrying a baby on her back. Photo: Eric Baccega

A Korowai tribeswoman carrying a baby on her back. Photo: Eric Baccega

The Korowai did not have contact with the outside world until the 1970s. Photo: Eric Baccega

The Korowai did not have contact with the outside world until the 1970s. Photo: Eric Baccega

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