Mentawai (Indonesia)

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I stayed for three days with an indigenous family in Mentawai, a remote archipelago off the coast of Sumatra (Indonesia). The family was composed of a couple and their four youngest children (several had already married and lived by themselves).

Mentawai people live in single houses apart from neighbors, so each household has sole access to the necessary jungle area of which they live off (they don't grow anything and only raise chickens and pigs). Children don't go to school, marry young and live a very primitive life.

During my stay I was shown how to make and apply poison to the arrows used for hunting, how to make the loincloth Mentawai men wear, and how to fish in the river.
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