Located some 60 miles west off the coast of Sumatra is the island of Siberut. Siberut is inhabited by the Mentawai tribe, among the oldest indigenous Indonesian societies. Mentawai are an ancient tribe that has lived deep in the jungles of the equatorial rainforest–and in a relative isolation from modern society–for thousands of years.
Our crew left on an overnight ferry from Sumatra. A gorgeous sunrise welcomed us on the shores of Maura Siberut. After getting necessary provisions in town, we boarded the canoe and headed off into the heart of Mentawai settlements.