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Hunter in Mentawai jungle

Mentawai people are the native people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra province, Indonesia, they live a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the coastal and rainforest environments of the islands. Mentawai sharpen their teeth with a chisel for aesthetic reasons. Tattooing is done with a needle and wood which is hammered on the needle by a shaman called Sikerei, Tattooing was an identity and a personal design and differences from region to region .

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Mentawai Island, Indonesia
Camera: DSLR-A900
Copyright: © Alexandrino Lei Airosa