A few weeks ago, while conducting an image search for Papuan art, I entered “timika tribal artwork” in the Google search box. When the results popped up, a collection of pictures illuminated the screen. It included pictures of Papuans adorned with body paint, clashes between Papuans and the Indonesian military, a Papuan tool used in death rituals, a tribesman dressed in ceremonial attire, and then, of all things, two little blonde girls. It was shocking to see a tender picture of Ally and Kylee in the mix of such raw, primordial displays of life.
To the unknowing eye, it looks like a perfect game of, One of These Things is Not Like the Others. However, to the knowing eye, they all belong. The girls are permanently connected and bound to this primitive universe with unbreakable life threads. Ironically, even Google recognizes it.