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Indonesia: Besieged by modernity - The Mentawai

Besieged by modernity - The Mentawai - A Tribal Islander People Fighting To Protect Their Ancient Way Of Life.

The Mentawai, an islander people situated on a remote archipelago off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. They formed a lifestyle and a sustainable existence by developing a culture which pays reverence to the land, plants, animals, water and sky – all that provide them life. The native people and this indigenous lifestyle flourished here for thousands of years. But over the past few years, through the introduction of nationalized development and civilization programs, the Mentawai has experienced significant change. All that remains of their lifestyle today is a tiny community of tribes-people living in the remote hinterlands of Siberut Island, trying desperately to maintain their native way of life.

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