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A Mentawai trisman cutting a wedge in a tree

The Mentawai tribe live in harmony with nature. Here you see a tribesman cutting a small wedge on a tree trunk which a child is playing on the tree. On asking I was told the do that so birds can get some fresh sap and also feed on the soft inside of the trunk. He says they help providing for the other living creatures of the forest where ever they can.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Padang (Closest major city), Indonesia
Camera: E-M1MarkII
Copyright: © Ranjan Ramchandani