Mentawai
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  • 1. Die Mentawai (auch Mentawei oder Mentawi) sind eine Ethnie auf den Mentawai-Inseln in der indonesischen Provinz Sumatera Barat und gelten als deren Ureinwohner. Die Mentawai leben als Halbnomaden in den Küsten- und Regenwaldgebieten. Ihnen sind etwa 64.000 Menschen zugehörig. Die Mentawai-Sprache gehört zu den austronesischen Sprachen. Mentawai (also known as Mentawei and Mentawi) are the native people of the Mentawai Islands, province West Sumatra, Indonesia. They live a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the coastal and rainforest environments of the islands. The Mentawai population is estimated to be about 64,000. The Mentawai language belongs to the Austronesian language family. The people are characterised by their heavy spirituality, body art and their tendency to sharpen their teeth, a practice they feel makes one beautiful.
  • 2. Photos: Joey L.