Nias Island Culture

Experience the vibrant living cultural heritage of Nias Island
War dance in Bawömataluo village, south Nias. War dances used to be a way to train for war and to re-enact old battles. It was also done before actual battle in order to work up aggresion towards the enemy. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo courtsey of Agus Mendröfa.

War dance in Bawömataluo village, south Nias. War dances used to be a way to train for war and to re-enact old battles. It was also done before actual battle in order to work up aggresion towards the enemy. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo courtsey of Agus Mendröfa.

Stone jumping is one of the most famous cultural practises on Nias Island. The jump used to be an initiation for warriors. Today it is still practised in a few traditional villages in the south. Bawömataluo village, South Nias. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Stone jumping is one of the most famous cultural practises on Nias Island. The jump used to be an initiation for warriors. Today it is still practised in a few traditional villages in the south. Bawömataluo village, South Nias. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The museum #Nias

The museum #Nias

Museum Pusaka Nias

Museum Pusaka Nias

Traditional Nias dress often worn of weddings and official ceremonies. This is the Gunungsitoli tourism ambassadors of 2015. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional Nias dress often worn of weddings and official ceremonies. This is the Gunungsitoli tourism ambassadors of 2015. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Face mask used during traditional war-dances. War dances are often performed for important guest in traditional villages in south nias. Orahili village, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Face mask used during traditional war-dances. War dances are often performed for important guest in traditional villages in south nias. Orahili village, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional dance performance at the Nias Heritage Museum (Museum Pusaka Nias) in Gunungsitoli. The performers are wearing clothes made of bark and plant fibers. These types of clothes were commonly worn on Nias before local people started to use textiles that was bougth from passing ships. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional dance performance at the Nias Heritage Museum (Museum Pusaka Nias) in Gunungsitoli. The performers are wearing clothes made of bark and plant fibers. These types of clothes were commonly worn on Nias before local people started to use textiles that was bougth from passing ships. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorfull traditional house in Hilimondregeraya village. The unique architecture here is one of the highlights of the culture on the island. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo By Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorfull traditional house in Hilimondregeraya village. The unique architecture here is one of the highlights of the culture on the island. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo By Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The traditional West Nias war dance known as Talele and Maluaya is a vibrant display of singing and dancing performed here by the local woman of West Nias. North Sumatra, Indonesia

The traditional West Nias war dance known as Talele and Maluaya is a vibrant display of singing and dancing performed here by the local woman of West Nias. North Sumatra, Indonesia

Adu Zatua #nias #tanoniha #aduzatua #bawomataluo #telukdalam #niasselatan #ononiha #patungnias

Adu Zatua #nias #tanoniha #aduzatua #bawomataluo #telukdalam #niasselatan #ononiha #patungnias

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