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  • Kokonao, Capital of the Mimika subdivision.
    Source: Handbook on Netherlands New Guinea, 1958
    Population Papuans Europeans Asiatics Total
    Subdivision 8,315 38 313 8,666
    Kokonao, administrative center of Mimika subdivision, is located on a sandbar stretching along the beach. It is surrounded by tidal forests and muddy rivers. Similar conditions exist for most villages so that it can be said that all Mimika people live in close companionship with the water. It depends upon the tides of the sea whether or not shallow rivers are navigable, a coaster can enter, a hydroplane can land. The sandbar is not more than one and one-half miles in length and very narrow at places; the Papuans live there in a kind of "collective village", with houses built along a narrow straight road bordered wit cocopalms.
    Because of the European settlement and its boarding schools the island gives the impression of being over-populated.

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