Tutari Site Secrets and West Papua Historical Tours

Situs Megalitik Tutari

The Tutari Megalithic Site is located on the hill of Doyo Lama Village, Waibu District, Jayapura Regency, Papua. It can be reached by two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles with a travel time of about 20 minutes from Sentani Airport and an hour from Jayapura City.

While in the east and south towards the foothills, there is a view of Lake Sentani with the houses of the residents of Doyo Lama Village arranged to follow the banks of the lake. The tip or tanjung is usually called part of the Teletabis Hill, which is one of the tourist destinations.

Hari Suroto, a researcher from the Papua Institute of Archeology, revealed in a legend believed by the Doyo Lama community, Tutari was the name of one of the tribes that inhabited the western part of Lake Sentani.

This tribe has become extinct due to tribal wars in the past. In the story of the Doyo people who inhabit the Tutari tribe, it is said that around 600 years ago in the hillside on the shores of Lake Sentani Barat there lived the Tutari Tribe, in the village called Tutari Yoku Tamaiyoku.

Until now the Doyo Lama people believe that Tutari Hill is a sacred place inhabited by supernatural beings. However, in this legend there is no telling about the paintings on the stones, because according to local residents the paintings existed before their ancestors occupied them.

The Doyo people who live around the Tutari Site area are now not descendants of the Tutari tribe, their ancestors originally lived on Yonoqom Island or Yonahang (Kwadeware, red) on Lake Sentani.

In the past they suddenly allegedly attacked and massacred the Tutari tribe, after that they moved and settled in Tanjung Warako, then moved again to Ayauge in the north and finally they settled on the shores of Lake Sentani at the foot of Tutari Hill.

The Tutari people in prehistoric times knew animistic beliefs, dynamism, and believed in the spirits of ancestors. This can be seen through the painting motifs found on the stones in Tutari Hill and also in the presence of upright stones and stones or menhirs.

The picture shows that the religious activities of the Tutari people dominated almost all aspects of their lives, especially in connection with ancestral spirits and supernatural powers.

“According to the story of the Doyo people, the stones in Tutari Hill are the Tutari tribe who lost the war and died and then turned into stone,” he said.

Furthermore, the alumni of Udayana Bali University explained that in the Tutari Hill region there were a number of upright stones, rows of stones and blocks of painted stones with various forms of motifs such as human, animal, flora and geometric.

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