Central map of Mt. Hungku. Collaborative piece with Hungku tribal leader, Moses Saiba.

Children from the village of Hungku with copies of the booklet "The Clever One" from Dowling Walsh Gallery. They jumped for joy when they recognized the bowers and elements. As they don't go to school they could read a book of images.
The Hungku Water Project, completed in late 2010 by the Indonesian government, was an opportunity to save a small microenvironment in the Arfak Mountains of Indonesian New Guinea by bringing fresh water to Hungku and surrounding villages. Through this project, thirty five hundred meters of pipe from a safe water source to two collectors, and then on to the villages has been installed. The land is home to no less than eleven endemic bird species, including the “Clever One”, the amazing Vogelkop Bower Bird (Amblyornis inornatus), said to sit on the edge of avian evolution. Furthermore, this microenvironment is considered to be the evolutionary center of Birdwing Butterflies. Rare orchids and medicinal plants also thrive here. The area has been off limits to foreigners and scientific investigation. The Hungku water project has helped the local tribes of this region maintain their land and continue to live on it. Through this project, there is hope that these villages will prosper. For the complete history and personal commentary of the Hungku Water Project, please visit my blog.
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