The Mentawai people are an indigenous tribe of hunters who live deep in the jungle of Siberut Island, off the coast of western Sumatra.

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They live in isolation by choice, rejecting modernity, religion and government pressures to assimilate into Indonesian society.

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They do so in order to continue their ancient way of life in communion with the spirit and animal world of the rainforest.

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Aman is a shaman, or healer who has sensitivities with the spirits.

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