When I had first investigated into the culture and beliefs of the Hewa tribal people of PNG back in 2001, I discovered they never built their huts on river bottoms or even on flat ground that had a nearby creek or marsh. They believed the lowlands and river beds were where the deceptive and evil […]
In the remote mountains of Papua New Guinea a few tribal men quickly gathered around a fire pit inside the spirit hut, eager to hear the news. “I can’t believe it’s finally happening,” said a dark-skinned muscular young man named Yoku. His eyes pierced through the smoky haze to the younger, thin-shouldered man who had […]
Spirit pictures painted on sheets of bark “Take them,” Watofo said in January of 2006, his voice wheezing with the effort to speak. “Get them out of the house.” Fato’s brow furrowed. The Hewa shaman, Watofo, had gone in and out of consciousness with the fevers, but now he was making no sense. Fato, Waina […]
Jonathan and Susan Kopf have been living with the Hewa tribal people in the rugged mountains of central Papua New Guinea since January of 2000. After learning the language and culture, they have devoted themselves to translating and teaching the Bible, and assisting the Hewa in their struggle for survival in a changing world.
Jonathan and Susan were married in 1989, and made their first home in Prescott, AZ. Jonathan started a service company while Susan studied to become ...