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Photovoices coordinator Saraswati helps Lamalera villagers with their cameras.
Photo by: Agustina Tukan ©
Across the Archipelago
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Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world is also one of the most biologically rich. Among the last countries in the world that has not been fully mapped, Indonesia holds vast rainforests and 25 percent of the world's coral reefs. The island of Borneo is the fourth largest in the world and boasts a wealth of biological diversity where new species are discovered almost every year. Borneo is also home to the Orangutan, the large ape most similar to man. Composed of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has 316 ethnic groups with 670 languages.


The rich combination of biological and cultural diversity of Indonesia has provided an exciting venue for Photovoices with the first projects launched in eastern Indonesia: in Lamalera, perhaps the worlds last traditional whaling village and in the hamlet of Boti set high in the mountains in the Island of Timor. Some have called the people of Boti the "Indonesian Amish" - for their refusal to make changes in order to adapt to the modern world. Through the rich natural dyes of their weaving, traditional farming

“A picture not only tells a thousand words for the people of Lamalera, a village in Lembata, East Nusa Tenggara. It also serves as a tool to preserve their ancestral heritage and the environment from which they earn their living.”

~The Jakarta Post, March 25th, 2008

methods, ancient rituals and worship of nature, the photographs taken by the Boti provide an window through which we can experience a ancient, simpler and beautiful world bound closely by tradition and culture.


Photovoices is expanding the Indonesia program with new projects in West Kalimantan, Borneo. Check back here soon for updates from the field and new photos from these new project sites.