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Introduction

The indigenous people of Papua New Guinea have overcome many obstacles, mostly with the there rainforest. The people of Papua New Guinea live on one of the major tropical rainforest left in the world. The Maisin people of Papua New Guinea truely embrace their beautiful surroundings given to them. The tropical palace has so many shades of green with puddles of water in the middle of it all. The animals are so exotic they can only be found deep inside this hidden paradise. The population is around 5.1 million and the island has a total are of 280,773 square miles. Geography-of-papua-new-guinea0.gif Location of Papua New Guinea

Maisin People vs. Papua New Guinea Governments

The Maisin people are surrounded by tropical forest, third largest in the world. At least seventy-five percent of it's original forest cover is still standing, occupying cast, biologically rich tracts over 100,00 square miles in all. Not just the natural beauty of the a place but it’s home to the longest lizard, the largest pigeon, and the smallest parrot ever registered live in the forest. [1] The Maisin people live off the forest for food and their natural medicines are found here. The wood and leave for their houses and tools. Anything the Maisin people need are found the forest. Naturally when there is a forest that equals a lot of wood so the logging industries have been after this place.

Papua New Guinea Government was illegally selling the forest wood to logging companies which are all owned by the Maisin tribe. May 2002, a judge of the National Court of Papua New Guinea ruled the Governments leases were to be cancelled. The Environmental Law Center won the case stating the Papua New Guinea unlawfully took the lands with the Maisin people consent. Traditionally the people cleared patches of forest for their crops adn hunted wild animals to get their protein supply with the forest canopy. They used the forest to build homes, medicine, and water. Malaysian logging comapnies are well known for their negative performace regardding forest resources adn indigenous peoples that inhabit them. Malaysian company claims to have a valid lease and permits to clearcut the forest in the area and established an oil palm plantation. [2] Since then Maisin people have started legal action against the company, because under the Papua New Guinea Government indigenous peoples are legal land owners of their traditional lands.


Oil Palm Plantation

Most of the Maisin people economy comes from the buying of the rainforest woods. Timber extraction cause many problems not just for the environment but alos the people, it can spread viral diseasesand malaria from deforestation. There are also oil palm plantations that cause sedimentation and Eutophicaion, by soil erosion. Oil palm plantation causes problems for the sea fishing industry from the use to fertilizers and pesticides that kill the coral reef. [3] It causes more problems for the people with the legal rights to the land, the Maisin people, plus local fishermen along with tour companies and tourist. Local Fishermen lose their livelihoods and the tour companies get tourists for the coral reefs. Papua new guinea.jpg Tourist swimming in the coral reef.

Religion

A handful of Maisin people are Christin along with their own beliefs with God and Jesus. They have believed in many kind of religions and mix with the old beliefs with Christianity. Maisin believe that the spirits fo the recent dead exercise a considerable influence, both for good and bad, over the living. Maisin also believe in sorcery and say that is the reason for all things evil. Many practice garden medicine and magic for the use of healing. The Healers are both men and women who posses superior knowledge of indigenous medicines, bush spirits, and the interactions between human souls and the spirit world (including God). [4] According to the census the churches with the largest number are the Roman Catholic Churc, the Evanelical Lutheran Church, the United Church, and the Seventh-day Adventists.

References

1. Native Lands Victory in Papua New Guinea

2. World Rainforest Movement

3. Tropical Rainforest Case Study

4. Religion and Expressive Culture