AWIN MEKE (English Subtitle)

by EM News December 02, 2015

Indigenous Papuan women traders struggle to sell their goods in modern Jayapura. In their first fight, the women won themselves a space to set up shop. However, local city administrators backed out of their promise to support them by opening a competing market, run by non-Papuans, which sells the same goods. 'Awin' is 'mother' in the Biak language, and 'meke' means 'belonging' in the Wamena language, so the mamas refer to 'awin meke' as 'what belong to us'.

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Duration 07:33
Year produced 2011