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Mama Berri, The expert of fabricating bark cloth

Mama Berri is an expert of fabricating bark cloth from Bada Valley, Central Sulawesi. Bark cloth is a type of fabric commonly worn by the people of the Archipelago in the past. Various communities have transformed bark cloth into varieties of clothes. The spread of this type of fabric even expanded to the people of…

The Humbleness of Boti People

The Boti people who inhabit Timor Island are traditional people who are fairly friendly to outside cultures. Yet this does not wither their paths and life choices. Halaika is their belief system, embraced mainly by the Boti people who are still living in the traditional area. There is no prohibition if one were to embrace…

The Sacred Forest of Kanekes People

Nobody knows when the Kanekes people started living in this area, in this territory that has been entrusted by their ancestors, which had been neither expanded nor reduced. According to their perception, human lives on Earth began in Kanekes, which then developed and expanded to various parts of the world. The Kanekes people have often…

MENTAWAI, LIFE GURU

I imagined meeting primitive folks – uneducated, old-fashioned, and traditional – when I sailed along the Siraraget River to the Mentawai tribe’s habitat last August. I departed from Jakarta with Rengga and Andrew. We were all freelance photographers. Our guide, Yen, said that the Mentawai tribe still perform their ancestral rites. Their belief was Arat…

A Mix of Emotions in the Land of the Courteous

"There is a solution to every problem. Discussion is necessary in order to find the best solution. However, one would not hesitate to resort to confrontation should his reputation and dignity were to be tarnished.”  An exotic island with long beautiful beach just 1 hour and 50 minutes away from Denpasar, Bali, could be seen…

Kurima Trail, Warmth in the Cold South Side of Baliem Valley

Baliem Valley, an immense bowl located at an average altitude of 1600 MASL, is a product of millions of years of tectonic shifts. One could say that Mother Earth was elated at the moment of its creation. The beauty of its landscapes and the fertility of its soils are undeniable. The climate surrounding this valley…

Baliem Festival, The Highlanders’ Pride

“Orang gunung” (The Highlanders), this is the nickname attributed to the inhabitants of Baliem Valley located in the Jayawijaya mountains, West Papua. The Highlanders live at the altitude of 1600 MASL which is the average height of the Baliem Valley. Some even live at the altitude of 2500 to 3000 MASL. The inhabitants of Baliem…