Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Personality


  • Photographer
    Nele Ruyters and Kevin De Vree
  • Technical Info
    Olympus Omd Em5, Olympus 17mm F1.8, Olympus 9-18mm F5.6
  • Photo Date
    07/07/2019 - 12/07/2019

With most of the Mentawai community forced to abandon their traditional way of life through government intervention in the 1950’s and 1960’s, only a few Shamans remain a traditional, self sufficiënt life. They are the backbone of Mentawai culture and refuse to leave the forest, taking pride in preserving their culture and traditions. As they get older, life becomes increasingly difficult without the support from family, who all moved to government settlements years ago. With only a few of the Mentawai Shamans remaining a traditional way of life, a fascinating culture slowly disappears.