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…

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…