Nias people & culture

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Indonesia ~ Sumatera, Nais | Studio portrait of two women from South Nias in dance costume. ca 1892 - 1922 | ©Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Indonesia ~ Sumatera, Nais | Studio portrait of two women from South Nias in dance costume. ca 1892 - 1922 | ©Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Indonesia ~ Sumatra, Nias | Studio portrait of a women, taken between 1892 and 1992 by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Indonesia ~ Sumatra, Nias | Studio portrait of a women, taken between 1892 and 1992 by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Traditional house, Nias Island, Sumatra, Indonesia

Traditional house, Nias Island, Sumatra, Indonesia

Indonesia, Nias warriors ~ Nīas (Indonesian: Pulau Nias, Nias language: Tanö Niha) is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Nias (Kepulauan Nias) is also the name of the archipelago, including the small Hinako Islands.

Indonesia, Nias warriors ~ Nīas (Indonesian: Pulau Nias, Nias language: Tanö Niha) is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Nias (Kepulauan Nias) is also the name of the archipelago, including the small Hinako Islands.

Nias warrior

Nias warrior

Warriors on Nias Island. ca. 1920 | Postcard; photographer Leo Haas // Nias Island, Sumatra

Warriors on Nias Island. ca. 1920 | Postcard; photographer Leo Haas // Nias Island, Sumatra

Noble warrior from South Nias wearing an impressive gold 'nifitali-tali' necklace and a large 'balatö' sword. He also wears a collection of crocodile teeth. ca. 1930 ||| Source; Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia: Continuity and Evolution. Bruce W Carpenter. Pg 48

Noble warrior from South Nias wearing an impressive gold 'nifitali-tali' necklace and a large 'balatö' sword. He also wears a collection of crocodile teeth. ca. 1930 ||| Source; Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia: Continuity and Evolution. Bruce W Carpenter. Pg 48

Man of Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia in ceremonial costume. Mentawai (also known as Mentawei and Mentawi) people are the native people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra province, Indonesia. The Mentawai population is estimated to be about 64,000. The Mentawai language belongs to the Austronesian language family. The people are characterised by their heavy spirituality, body art and their tendency to sharpen their teeth, a practice they feel makes one beautiful.

Man of Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia in ceremonial costume. Mentawai (also known as Mentawei and Mentawi) people are the native people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra province, Indonesia. The Mentawai population is estimated to be about 64,000. The Mentawai language belongs to the Austronesian language family. The people are characterised by their heavy spirituality, body art and their tendency to sharpen their teeth, a practice they feel makes one beautiful.

Nias House - North Sumatra

Nias House - North Sumatra

Nias Traditional house - Sumatera

Nias Traditional house - Sumatera


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