Village Life In Sumba Indonesia

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A group of traditional thatch-roofed homes are built on a hillside in Desa Lamboya village in West Sumba, Indonesia. The ridge location provides ideal air ventilation in the humid tropical heat.
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A group of Praigoli villagers from Sumba, Indonesia play cards while snacking on puffed rice. When one of the players loses a round, he must wear a bottle from his ear as a penalty.
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An elderly woman from Ratenggaro village poses for a portrait in Sumba, Indonesia.
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An ancient finely carved monolithic tomb stands as a sentinel over a beach near Ratenggaro in Sumba, Indonesia.
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Due to nearby construction in Sumba, Indonesia, the top lid of a stone tomb in Pasunga is removed and it's contents are exhumed. Though somewhat lighter, considerable effort is still required to drag the tomb to higher ground.
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Water buffalo skulls in Waigali village saved from previous animal sacrifice ceremonies serve as decoration on a house in Sumba, Indonesia.
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Three boys wash their small horses and demonstrate unique riding skills on a beach near Ratenggaro in Sumba, Indonesia.
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A middle-aged man from Kodi village in Sumba wears a traditional Indonesian turban.
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A group of Indonesian boys practice soccer skills at sunset on a beach near Pero, Sumba.
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A group of Sumbanese villagers huddle over a fire in the central room of a house in Tosi, Indonesia Though most houses in this area are highly flammable, a packed earth fire-pit functions as a relatively safe cooking area.
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A young Sumbanese boy in Waigali, Indonesia tramples rice stalks to separate the grains. The animist spirit stone beside him honors a local protective spiritual force known as Marapu.
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The head of Waigali village relaxes on the porch of his house in Sumba, Indonesia.
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A Sumbanese farmer lets his cattle graze on grass at a beach near Pero, Indonesia.
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A dugout canoe is repaired on a beach near Pantai Marosi in Sumba, Indonesia.
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Highly detailed Indonesian ikat weavings such as these from Waingapu in Eastern Sumba, are used for very special occasions such as weddings or funeral ceremonies.
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A young girl poses for a portrait in Bondo Kodi in Sumba, Indonesia.
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Two young Indonesian boys play as their grandmother concentrates on her back-strap weaving in Waigali. Many women in western Sumba go topless while working around their home due to the intense tropical heat.
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Rice is harvested near Lewa in Central Sumba, Indonesia.
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A Grandmother and her sleepy grandson pose for a portrait in Ratenggaro village, Sumba, Indonesia.
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Sumbanese village girls play near their homes in Tosi, Indonesia.
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