Orang Papua

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Please note that these perceptions and opinions on Papuan peoples are copied from various sources by foreigners

 

Common Perceptions on Papuans according to foreigners

Based on personal experience and stories from various experiences, Papuan people are tough in character and also spontaneous in interactions with others. And in some areas, community with poorer economy tend to be materialistic and calculate very well in resolving problems. Papuan peoples are not that ambitious in work ethos as those Javanese or other tribes, but they have a unique character, that is that they are very friendly to foreigners if we are not the one started the problem that make them feel less comfortable.

  • Most problems are preferred to be solved according to the customary laws rather than modern government laws
  • When there is no consensus reached, then tribal war is regarded and pursued as the last remedy to solutoin
  • Friendly to foreigners. For example: always greet anyone when they meet, even though they do not know each other at all.
  • The high tone in local dialect does not necessarily means they are angry.
  • When they are in public places they sometimes fight each other, for example just for the sake of a spot to sell their produce. They are not good at choosing their words. Inappropriate and unacceptable words are spoken when they argue.
  • Papuan peoples are commonly known as people who like to drink beer and get drunk.
  • They put their families and tribes above other things.
  • They have strong emotional bonding with their homeland more than others.
  • All Papuans help each other, they are in foreign land.

Ciri Umum Orang Papua

Berdasarkan pengamatan dan cerita dari berbagai sumber, orang Papua cenderung memiliki karakter keras dan spontan dalam bertindak. Dan di beberapa daerah tertentu di Papua, masyarakat Papua dengan ekonomi rendah cederung materialistis dan perhitungan terhadap suatu masalah. Dalam  etos kerja, kemungkinan masyarakat Papua tidak seambisius orang-orang dari suku Jawa atau suku lainnya, namun mereka memiliki karakter yang unik dan baik terhadap pendatang asal kita tidak memulai masalah yang membuat mereka kurang nyaman.

  • Suka menyelesaikan suatu permasalahan dengan hukum adat dibandingkan dengan hukum pidana atau perdata.
  • Jika negosiasi kedua pihak tidak mencapai kesepakatan bersama, keputusan akhir adalah perang adat.
  • Ramah terhadap orang asing. Contohnya : selalu menyapa setiap bertemu meskipun belum mengenal satu sama lain.
  • Dialek asli bernada tinggi bukan berarti sedang marah.
  • Ketika mereka di suatu tempat yang ramai sering terjadi keributan antara sesama mereka orang Papua berdasarkan karena hanya tempat penjual dimana mereka saling mengadu-domba, muncullah sikap yang buruk mereka sering mengeluarkan kata-kata yang tidak pantas di dengar oleh orng lain.
  • Orang Papua dikenal suka minum minuman keras
  • Sangat mengutamakan keluarganya di atas segala-galanya
  • Mempunyai rasa keterikatan emosi yang kuat dengan budaya dan tanah asalnya
  • Rasa persatuan yang kuat dengan sesama orang Papua.

Daftar Pustaka

Kartikasari, Andrew. 1997. Ekspedisi Tanah Papua. Jakarta : Kompas.
Bernarda, Meteray. 1999. Mati atau Hidup : Hilangnya Harapan Hidup dan Hak Asasi Manusia di Papua. Ambon : Yayasan Obor Indonesia.

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