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— by Nick Rodway and Grace Dungey: The Mentawai people have lived in the archipelago that shares their name for millennia. The island chain, which lies off the west coast of Sumatra, is politically and socially isolated from the wider Indonesian republic and is incredibly rich in ecological value; Siberut, the chain’s largest island, is a United Nations biosphere reserve. Despite this, the number of Mentawai people actively practicing their ancestral traditions has been reduced to a small number…

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July 20, 2019