More about Mentawai

 

 

History/Facts

  • Geographic isolation of islands resulted in completely different development of language and culture from the rest of Indonesia: tropical rainforest ecosystem shelters a rich biological community with 60% of terrestrial mammals recorded as endemic.
  • Historically hunter-gatherer tribes
  • Christianized by missionaries back in the 1930s, still practicing animist in some areas
  • Governed by West Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Part of “Ring of Fire.” Hit by 7.7 earthquake and tsunami on Oct. 25, 2010 resulting in over 500 people killed and entire villages destroyed.

Responses

  1. So proud of you Karen – you are their angel. Liz

  2. Hey Karen,
    Well done on the blog! Everyone will be waiting anxiously for your next post!


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