Travel Stock Photo: ID # IDMTTU022a

Copyright : Jean-Philippe Soule
 

Title:

Mentawai Indigenous People, Siberut Island, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Caption:

The Mentawai people live in the densest remote rainforest of Siberut Island, off the coast of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Traditional clans on this remote tropical island have long resisted cultural assimilation; their lifestyle has been unchanged for generations The tattoo-covered sikeireis, or traditional shamans, are knowledgeable herbalists and lead the tribe in the practice of Jarayak, a form of animism: medicine men, rituals, ceremonies and taboos still define the Mentawai lifestyle.

These traditional jungle tribes live on flour extracted from the sago palm tree, supplemented by the gathering of other rainforest harvests. The men also hunt, using bows and poisonous arrows to kill monkeys; deer; wild boars and birds, while women fish and cultivate taro root.

The endangered indigenous lifestyle of these Mentawai is one of the best preserved and most fascinating, yet one of the least known and protected.

For more information on the Mentawai, visit Native Planet, an NGO that we support.

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Country: Indonesia   /   Island: Siberut

 

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Themes & Categories:

Indigenous Cultures - Mentawai

Lifestyles - Music & Dance

Destinations - Indonesia

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