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Deep in the Indonesian jungle, the Mentawai eat sago, wear hibiscus flowers and practice shamanic rituals, in a silent fight to preserve their ancient traditions.

Folowing the herring

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Day 7: 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Day 7: 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

Siberut island is situated along Indonesia’s famous “Ring of Fire”, one of the most seismically active regions on the planet. It is an island entirely covered in thick tropical, swampy, malarial forest that was separated from the mainland for more than half a million years. There are seventeen endemic mammal species (39 percent), which on a per-unit area ranks it with Madagascar. The whole island is protected as a UN biosphere reserve. 

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Kevin De Vree and Nele Ruyters

Travelled to this area with a local Mentawai teacher. These photos are now being used to teach local children, who are living in a government settlement,  about their cultural heritage.

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