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Asmat, the people of the trees
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The Asmat - or 'As-amat' which means 'we, the people of the trees' - are an ethnic group of Indonesia Papua in New Guinea. Their population estimated between 50 and 70,000 people is grouped in villages of 300 to 2,000 inhabitants built in the mangroves and swamps of the equatorial forest of the south-west coast around the 'men's houses' also called 'long houses' or 'Jeuw' erected along the rivers.
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