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The Mentawai: Shamans of the Siberut Jungle

The Mentawai have one of the earth’s most fascinating and best-preserved indigenous cultures. Tragically, it is perilously close to being extinguished by the unchecked tidal wave of Indonesia’s modernization. Our photographs and essays will draw you into the daily lives of these shamans and hunters. See the price they are paying for their government-initiated relocation into poorly planned and built villages, their prospects for the future and how Native Planet aids them in cultural preservation and self-empowerment.

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MENTAWAI FLASH PRESENTATION
Immerse yourself in the exotic and vivid rhythm of daily life and sacred rituals with candid and intimate portraits of these clans.

EXPLORE MENTAWAI CULTURE

Challenges the Mentawai face:
Introduction: Change or Vanish
Social Structure
Modern Clothing
Schools
Religions
Costs of Relocation
Inappropriate Housing
Malnutrition & Epidemics
Fighting Back

MENTAWAI CULTURAL TOURS

Mentawai Cultural Eco-tours

Join Mentawai guides educated in their culture for a unique opportunity to stay with this rainforest tribe!

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