Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology

2004 Edition
| Editors: Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Baliem Valley Dani

  • Leslie Butt
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-29905-X_59

Alternative Names

The Baliem valley Dani are also known as the Dani and the Grand Valley Dani. The term Dani used here does not include the neighboring Western Dani, the Lani, or the Yali, who have been called “Dani” in the past.

Location and Linguistic Affiliation

The Dani live in the 50 km-long Baliem valley, Jayawijaya district, Papua (also known as West Papua, or Irian Jaya), Indonesia. The valley is located 1,500 m above sea level in the middle of the mountain range which cuts through the center of the island of New Guinea. New Guinea was divided by colonizers in the 19th century; the Baliem valley sits on the western side and was part of the Dutch East Indies colony. Since 1969, the former Dutch colony has been incorporated into Indonesia. The Baliem valley Dani are speakers of the Papuan language, Dani, which falls into the Greater Dani language family.

Overview of the Culture

The Dani are well known because of the excitement that accompanied the discovery of their complex...


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