In my travels around the Indonesian archipelago, I have experienced and encountered a variety of traditional cultures. In many communities, I have witnessed a disconnection between the older generation and the younger one. While traditional culture is still alive in some villages, there are others where traditions have completely disappeared.
Story by David Metcalf Bali-based photographer David Metcalf captures the magic and wonder of Indonesia while traveling across Kalimantan, Java and Bali. I took this photo much closer to the village trying to emphasize the grandeur of the area as a lone horseman starts to make his way along the
“We believe that the human body is inhabited by a life giving spirit. We call this an amirue. When a person dies, his or her spirit becomes an adiau, just for the time of its journey to the place where the amirue resides. During the nine days of the Ijame
Tiwah Life and Death in Dayak Country Recommended by Stephanie Brookes Written by David Metcalf Photos by David Metcalf www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Napin Dalin, the chief of Tewang Rangas village, looked me straight in the eye and said, “The spirits of the dead are all around us and
Recommended by Stephanie Brookes Written by David Metcalf Photos by David Metcalf www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Sumba – Pasola and Ancient Rituals Adi steadied his horse as he prepared for battle. A chorus of feisty yelping surrounded me, as Adi’s fellow clan members urged him on. The frenzy was exciting and frightening
Recommended by Stephanie Brookes Written by David Metcalf Photos by David Metcalf www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Packed in with hundreds of jukungs you float around small boats with piles of vegetables, towers of fruit, a bounty of fresh fish carefully laid out and hardware items for sale. The activity kicks off
Recommended by Stephanie Brookes Written by David Metcalf Photos by David Metcalf www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Kalimantan is one of Indonesia’s greatest adventures. Tales of fierce headhunters moving stealthily through the rainforest, poison blow darts speeding through the air from apparently invisible sources, dangerous bears, giant snakes and enormous leeches deterred
Recommended by Stephanie Brookes Written by David Metcalf Photos by David Metcalf www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Negara Buffalo Races – The crowd erupted into a loud roar as one of the chariots slid off the track trying to round the corner, taking a risk with balance and speed to gain valuable