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 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…

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…