Asmat war canoes welcome our arrival on the river off Syuru Village. Just as they were crossing the wide channel to greet us, this ferry came steaming by. Talk about bad timing!
There was a moment of concern when one of the canoes stopped in mid channel. The occupant raised his arm and palm in a “stop” signal in front of the oncoming vessel. Not likely – this is the Bali Ferry – which takes two long weeks to arrive in the Asmat.
We could hear the war cries of the Asmat warriors while they still had their boats hidden in the mangroves waiting to ‘ambush’ us.
There were over 60 canoes. They all managed to regroup after the ferry passed; and soon the speedy fleet had encircled the Orion. Just as well they were friendly!