Arriving in Fayu Territory

Several years ago, due to increasingly frequent raids by neighboring tribal groups, chief Kologwoi decided to move the main group of the Iyarike clan away from the Klihi river where they were exposed, 15 miles upstream toward their hunting grounds on a small tributary known as the Dirouw.

I didn’t know what to expect as we took off from Faui on the short 20 minute flight to Dirouw. I had last spent time with the Fayu in the summer of 1998 helping my mother with her school in Foida. Many of the people I knew as young children were now adults with children of their own.

As I got out of the plane and rubbed foreheads with the Fayu it felt like I had come home.

“It has been a very long time.” they tell me, “but now you are here with us!”

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