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Sustainable living: Korowai tribe and tree houses
West Papua is an Indonesian province. The Korowai tribe live in a remote place which is constantly hot and humid. They have adapted perfectly to their environment and they choose to build their houses high up in the jungle canopy. This tribe display great resourcefulness as all the materials they use to build their treehouses are found in and around the surrounding jungle. This fantastic towering piece of architecture is a perfect illustration of the Korowai’s incredible knowledge, skill and ingenuity. Demonstrating their unique ability in adapting to a demanding jungle environment. Created especially for Class Clips from the BBC series Human Planet, first broadcast in January 2011.
Draw and annotate the main vegetation layers in a rainforest. Draw and annotate a diagram of a typical tree house to show how the Korowai have adapted to this environment. A relevant introduction to issues surrounding sustainable living. More information about the series, images and further clips can be seen on the Human Planet website: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00llpvp.
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