Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

It turns out that not only animals with a thousand feet, there is a house with a thousand feet. This is the custom home typical Arfak tribe, West Papua called Mod Aki Aksa or Igkojei and better known as the House Foot Thousand. Typically, the stage house has a foundation pile that is only found on the side of the house. However, unlike other types of stilt houses, this house has a foundation pile of houses scattered throughout the bottom of the house and became the main pedestal of the building. Because of its uniqueness, this traditional house gets the name of the House of the Thousand Feet.

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Rumah Kaki Seribu or House of the Thousand Feet, has a shape that is not much different from the stage house in general. The roof of this house is made of grass reeds and the floor of wicker rattan. The walls are strong enough because they are made of wood arranged horizontally and are binding together. With an average height of about 4-5 meters and an area of approximately 8x6 meters, this house is large enough and comfortable to be a place to live. The very many poles, have a diameter of 10 centimenter per pole and arranged with a distance of approximately 30 centimeters between poles. This density makes this house unique and looks legged a lot.

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Uniqueness that is not less interesting is, the design of the house that only has 2 doors without any other door, even the window was not there. Just as the design of the pole buffer home a lot, this uniqueness was created instead of without intent. The high house, the many piles of foundations, and the relatively closed designs were intended to prevent families living from wild animals and cold air as well as natural disasters such as storms. Moreover, the condition of people who often bertikai also be the reason for this seemingly unusual form of the House of the Thousand Foot. The point is that those who stay in this house remain safe from enemy threats with easy supervision because the house is on high and has only 2 doors as access in and out.

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Thousand Foot House Typical Arfak Tribe

Along with the development of modernization and transmigrants from other provinces coming to West Papua, the Thousand Foot House has been very rare in the big cities. People who still use this unique house are the natives of Arfak and are usually located deep in the interior, especially in the middle around the Arfak Mountains. It is difficult to avoid modernization, but the House of the Millet tradition is feasible and should be preserved. This is important because this tardisi has positive values of good life for future generations to learn.

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