Duniart – Photography and Blog by Toine IJsseldijk


My Mentawai Family – My Story

My Mentawai Family – My Story – I visited the Mentawai tribe on Siberut Island for the first time in 1990, as an ordinary tourist in a small organized group tour. In the late 80s and early 90s West Sumatra was a booming tourist destination and dozens of freelance guides hung out in the tourist …

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My Mentawai Family

My Mentawai Family – Introduction – I made further discoveries in these islands, where I found a population more likable still and, if possible, still more ingenuous. If I continue in this direction, I may expect somewhere to find the “Garden of Eden”, and descendants of our first parents. Sir Thomas Raffles – 1821 Dedicated …

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Mongolia Highlights

Jun – July 2019 A selection of my favorite photos from a two week Mongolia road trip. Mongolia offers incredible raw natural beauty and in many places it seems that time has stood still. Traveling deep into the country is not for those who seek comfort and luxury. The rewards are an experience that only …

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Tana Toraja – Sulawesi

Tana Toraja is a region protected beyond the lofty mountains and rugged granite cliffs of the central highlands of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It is the home of the Toraja people, an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi. The nobility of Toraja are believed to be descendants of heavenly beings …

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Sisemba – Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

September 2020 Sisemba in Toraja language means kicking each other’s feet and is a foot fighting game. This tradition is held as a feast after the rice harvest and to show gratitude for an abundant harvest.   Sisemba is played by two teams: the villagers who host the harvest feast and the residents of neighboring …

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