By way of introduction, I am Joe Kuman, a primary school teacher and a volunteer working towards peace building and conflict resolution among the remote Yuri Alaiku tribe of the Gumine District in the Simbu Province. As a social worker, I've interviewed elderly citizens in the area and have collected a substantial amount of information regarding the history of the tribe, including cultural ceremonies and rituals, the entrance of the colonial masters and the Yuris’ contribution towards nation building.
YURI Alaiku is one of the major tribes in Digine Local Level Government. It is located south-west of Kundiawa, the provincial capital.
It is the third most populous tribe after the Yongomugl tribe of Sinasina and the Gena tribe of Kerowagi and inhabits the rugged topography of the Mounts Digine and Wikauma of the Kubor Range.
The tribal names Yuri means Spirit and Alaiku refers to the name of the great ancestor Alai from whom the tribe originates.