Shy Mentawai girl

Shy Mentawai girl

Children are very important in the Mentawai culture and are raised up in a very particular way. Nothing is forbidden to them and they can do what they wish as soon as they are capable of doing so. This results in seeing three year old boys skillfully use a machete or eight year olds already trying their first cigarettes. Rarely in my life have I seen such beautiful, well behaved and happy children.

Taken on December 11, 2009

  • Portrait of Nambe
  • Monkey skulls
  • Portrait of a young mentawai boy
  • Mentawai boy in his loincloth
  • Shy Mentawai girl
  • Baby Feet
  • Mentawai Woman
  • Mentawai woman smoking
  • Mentawai man discussing