The Tribes of Mentawai

Photo series “The Tribes of Mentawai” by Mélanie Chamorel Astrup.

The Tribes of Mentawai on Siberut Island outside of Padang, west Sumatra in Indonésia.

To reach these people I had to travel 12 hours banana boat, 1hour driving, 3 hours canoe and 1 hour trekking.

It was one of the most amazing experience of my life. It was a “wake-up call” on our civilizations. How easy and cozy we have it, but yet how sad we are. How we lost contact with true nature but mainly with each other. In my photographs I wanted to show these feelings between the members. The respect they have for one another.

They have been affected a bit by our modern technology, (watches and boots) which was brought in by tourist but they still live as primitive as their ancestors. Melanie tells us.

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About the Author

Edin Chavez
Travel junkie, animal lover, troublemaker, daydreamer and a bit obsessed with my camera. Addicted to documentaries, coffee, hot sauce, and blue cheese.
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