The Mentawai

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The Menatwai

The Mentawai are a hunter and gatherer tribe that lives in the thick jungles of Siberut, Indonesia. The Mentawai are known traditionally for being Sikere (Medicine Men) and their ritualistic styles of beautification including teeth sharpening and stick poke tattooing.  Ritual is an everyday part of their extremely spiritual lives. They sport tattoos covering their bodies and some even sharpen their teeth. They are an extremely unqiue group of people that are faced heavily with modernization from the mainland. There are very few left living the traditional Mentawai lifestyle.