Mentawai
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Indigenous Group Mentawai (also known as: Mentawei, Mentawi)
Location Indonesia, West Sumatra, Mentawai Archipelago (Siberut, Sipoga and Pagai Islands)
Estimated Population 64,000
Environment Rainforest and Coastal
Lifestyle Semi-nomadic
Subsistence Hunter / Gatherer
Level of Assimilation Traditional (a few clans nearly untouched)
Language Family Mentawai
Classification: Austronesian > Malayo-Polynesian > Western Malayo-Polynesian > Sundic > Sumatra > Mentawai.

Dialects: Simalegi, Sakalagan, Silabu, Taikaku, Saumanganja, North Siberut, South Siberut, Sipura, Pagai.

Website URLs Siberut Islands / The Mentawai Cultural Ecotourism Association (MCEA)
Native Planet: The Mentawai Culture and Needs
NGOs Native Planet, Citra Mandiri, Surf Aid International, UNESCO