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On assignment for GEO Extra.

On assignment for GEO Extra.

A farmer carries a sack of grass and leaves he uses as feed for livestock through padi fields in Gunung Halimun Salak National Park in Indonesia.

 Women villagers take a break from removing weeds from the main square in Cipta Gelar village. These duties are often regarded as an honour, a way of serving the head of the village and receiving his blessing. 

Women villagers take a break from removing weeds from the main square in Cipta Gelar village. These duties are often regarded as an honour, a way of serving the head of the village and receiving his blessing. 

 Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology and guns. Here in his home he is shown a long-range competition rifle by a regular visitor from Jakarta.

Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology and guns. Here in his home he is shown a long-range competition rifle by a regular visitor from Jakarta.

 Women dehusking rice and sifting rice flour. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.

Women dehusking rice and sifting rice flour. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.

 Children play outside their home near the village square. All the homes are largely made out of natural materials that can be found in the nearby forest. In recent years these homes have been modified to include some modern materials.

Children play outside their home near the village square. All the homes are largely made out of natural materials that can be found in the nearby forest. In recent years these homes have been modified to include some modern materials.

 Within the village, different families are assigned different jobs. This farmer returns home after having returned his buffaloes to their pens.

Within the village, different families are assigned different jobs. This farmer returns home after having returned his buffaloes to their pens.

 Women outside the Imah Gede, the village communal centre and the abode of Aba, the village chief. All of the buildings in the village are made mostly from natural materials that can be found in the forest.

Women outside the Imah Gede, the village communal centre and the abode of Aba, the village chief. All of the buildings in the village are made mostly from natural materials that can be found in the forest.

 In the afternoon a group of women from the village prepare food in the communal kitchen. It is a tradition and custom that everyone is always welcomed with food at the communal centre known as the Imah Gede.

In the afternoon a group of women from the village prepare food in the communal kitchen. It is a tradition and custom that everyone is always welcomed with food at the communal centre known as the Imah Gede.

 Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.

Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.

 Villagers constructing an extension to a home. Bamboo, banana leaves and wood are some of the materials collected from the forests to use for the construction.

Villagers constructing an extension to a home. Bamboo, banana leaves and wood are some of the materials collected from the forests to use for the construction.

 Women dehusking rice by hand. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.

Women dehusking rice by hand. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.

 Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests that they receive throughout the year. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.

Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests that they receive throughout the year. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.

 Jumin feeds his goats in the small pen whilst a fellow villager leads buffaloes back to the stables after a day out roaming on the hills.

Jumin feeds his goats in the small pen whilst a fellow villager leads buffaloes back to the stables after a day out roaming on the hills.

 Kitchenware dry outdoors below a row of rice barns that store the harvests of past seasons.

Kitchenware dry outdoors below a row of rice barns that store the harvests of past seasons.

 A chicken watches a woman caring for her child outside the communal kitchen of the village.

A chicken watches a woman caring for her child outside the communal kitchen of the village.

 The men of Cipta Gelar village congregate outside during the night of the lunar celebrations.

The men of Cipta Gelar village congregate outside during the night of the lunar celebrations.

 Men sit on the porch of the village leader's (Aba) residence.  The Aba is is fond of technology, and on the porch is a collection of electronic gadgets that he has collected. He spends his time tinkering with these gadgets when he is not attending to his official role. Men often sit here to wait for a chance to commune with him and seek his blessing.

Men sit on the porch of the village leader's (Aba) residence.  The Aba is is fond of technology, and on the porch is a collection of electronic gadgets that he has collected. He spends his time tinkering with these gadgets when he is not attending to his official role. Men often sit here to wait for a chance to commune with him and seek his blessing.

 Umi and her teenage helpers from the village sit out on the porch after an afternoon of gardening. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community with some of the yonger members buying motorbikes.

Umi and her teenage helpers from the village sit out on the porch after an afternoon of gardening. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community with some of the yonger members buying motorbikes.

 A farmer returning home after a day out in the fields. Irrigation of water to the small man-made pond is channeled through landscaped hills and bamboo pipes.

A farmer returning home after a day out in the fields. Irrigation of water to the small man-made pond is channeled through landscaped hills and bamboo pipes.

 Kidai, one of the village elders is busy working by the road side to help tidy up the trail that leads up to the village and at the same time collecting feed for the livestock.

Kidai, one of the village elders is busy working by the road side to help tidy up the trail that leads up to the village and at the same time collecting feed for the livestock.

 Women from Cipta Gelar village cook rice in a small kitchen at the Imah Gede community centre. Every month during the full moon, it is an Adat custom to pay respects for the gift of rice by having a ceremony. In the communal kitchen of the village,  women are the ones in charge of preparing the specific foods and various sweets that are special to this occasion.

Women from Cipta Gelar village cook rice in a small kitchen at the Imah Gede community centre. Every month during the full moon, it is an Adat custom to pay respects for the gift of rice by having a ceremony. In the communal kitchen of the village,  women are the ones in charge of preparing the specific foods and various sweets that are special to this occasion.

 A bride dresses up in preparation for her wedding in Sinar Resmi, a village set lower down in the mountain.

A bride dresses up in preparation for her wedding in Sinar Resmi, a village set lower down in the mountain.

 Inside the home of Yoyoyo Gasmana and his wife Umi, as they prepare lunch. Both had very different lives prior to choosing to be a part of this village community full time. Yoyo, as he is more commonly known is a performance artist that continues to be invited to perform in other parts of the world whilst his wife used to work for an NGO in Bali. Both have chosen to make the community, its traditions and Adat way of life their own.

Inside the home of Yoyoyo Gasmana and his wife Umi, as they prepare lunch. Both had very different lives prior to choosing to be a part of this village community full time. Yoyo, as he is more commonly known is a performance artist that continues to be invited to perform in other parts of the world whilst his wife used to work for an NGO in Bali. Both have chosen to make the community, its traditions and Adat way of life their own.

 A farmer carrying hand made banana leaf coverings that are used to construct the top of roofs in the village.

A farmer carrying hand made banana leaf coverings that are used to construct the top of roofs in the village.

 A woman washes her laundry outside a bathroom made out of bamboo whilst in the distance another woman from the village walks down the hill to go for a wash. 

A woman washes her laundry outside a bathroom made out of bamboo whilst in the distance another woman from the village walks down the hill to go for a wash. 

 Students at the local school in Cipta Gelar village.

Students at the local school in Cipta Gelar village.

 Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology. Remarkably, from his own efforts. he figured a way to start his own TV station. He sits in the porch of his residence at the Imah Gede communal centre, where he typically spends his time relaxing and tinkering with electronics.

Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology. Remarkably, from his own efforts. he figured a way to start his own TV station. He sits in the porch of his residence at the Imah Gede communal centre, where he typically spends his time relaxing and tinkering with electronics.

 A satellite dish sits in the courtyard of a small home in the village. In the distance are rice barns that store the harvests from past seasons. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition  but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community.

A satellite dish sits in the courtyard of a small home in the village. In the distance are rice barns that store the harvests from past seasons. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition  but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community.

 View of surrounding landscape from the village. In the distance are other rice fields, forests and a neighbouring village. Nearby are the rice barns that store the harvested rice that have yet to be dehusked. Nearly all of the villages in this area are part of the same lineage and therefore follow the village leader, Aba, and the Adat way of life.

View of surrounding landscape from the village. In the distance are other rice fields, forests and a neighbouring village. Nearby are the rice barns that store the harvested rice that have yet to be dehusked. Nearly all of the villages in this area are part of the same lineage and therefore follow the village leader, Aba, and the Adat way of life.

 Bunches of rice, know as 'puchong' lie drying under the sun.

Bunches of rice, know as 'puchong' lie drying under the sun.

On assignment for GEO Extra.

A farmer carries a sack of grass and leaves he uses as feed for livestock through padi fields in Gunung Halimun Salak National Park in Indonesia.

Women villagers take a break from removing weeds from the main square in Cipta Gelar village. These duties are often regarded as an honour, a way of serving the head of the village and receiving his blessing. 

Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology and guns. Here in his home he is shown a long-range competition rifle by a regular visitor from Jakarta.

Women dehusking rice and sifting rice flour. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.

Children play outside their home near the village square. All the homes are largely made out of natural materials that can be found in the nearby forest. In recent years these homes have been modified to include some modern materials.

Within the village, different families are assigned different jobs. This farmer returns home after having returned his buffaloes to their pens.

Women outside the Imah Gede, the village communal centre and the abode of Aba, the village chief. All of the buildings in the village are made mostly from natural materials that can be found in the forest.

In the afternoon a group of women from the village prepare food in the communal kitchen. It is a tradition and custom that everyone is always welcomed with food at the communal centre known as the Imah Gede.

Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.

Villagers constructing an extension to a home. Bamboo, banana leaves and wood are some of the materials collected from the forests to use for the construction.

Women dehusking rice by hand. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.

Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests that they receive throughout the year. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.

Jumin feeds his goats in the small pen whilst a fellow villager leads buffaloes back to the stables after a day out roaming on the hills.

Kitchenware dry outdoors below a row of rice barns that store the harvests of past seasons.

A chicken watches a woman caring for her child outside the communal kitchen of the village.

The men of Cipta Gelar village congregate outside during the night of the lunar celebrations.

Men sit on the porch of the village leader's (Aba) residence.  The Aba is is fond of technology, and on the porch is a collection of electronic gadgets that he has collected. He spends his time tinkering with these gadgets when he is not attending to his official role. Men often sit here to wait for a chance to commune with him and seek his blessing.

Umi and her teenage helpers from the village sit out on the porch after an afternoon of gardening. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community with some of the yonger members buying motorbikes.

A farmer returning home after a day out in the fields. Irrigation of water to the small man-made pond is channeled through landscaped hills and bamboo pipes.

Kidai, one of the village elders is busy working by the road side to help tidy up the trail that leads up to the village and at the same time collecting feed for the livestock.

Women from Cipta Gelar village cook rice in a small kitchen at the Imah Gede community centre. Every month during the full moon, it is an Adat custom to pay respects for the gift of rice by having a ceremony. In the communal kitchen of the village,  women are the ones in charge of preparing the specific foods and various sweets that are special to this occasion.

A bride dresses up in preparation for her wedding in Sinar Resmi, a village set lower down in the mountain.

Inside the home of Yoyoyo Gasmana and his wife Umi, as they prepare lunch. Both had very different lives prior to choosing to be a part of this village community full time. Yoyo, as he is more commonly known is a performance artist that continues to be invited to perform in other parts of the world whilst his wife used to work for an NGO in Bali. Both have chosen to make the community, its traditions and Adat way of life their own.

A farmer carrying hand made banana leaf coverings that are used to construct the top of roofs in the village.

A woman washes her laundry outside a bathroom made out of bamboo whilst in the distance another woman from the village walks down the hill to go for a wash. 

Students at the local school in Cipta Gelar village.

Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology. Remarkably, from his own efforts. he figured a way to start his own TV station. He sits in the porch of his residence at the Imah Gede communal centre, where he typically spends his time relaxing and tinkering with electronics.

A satellite dish sits in the courtyard of a small home in the village. In the distance are rice barns that store the harvests from past seasons. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition  but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community.

View of surrounding landscape from the village. In the distance are other rice fields, forests and a neighbouring village. Nearby are the rice barns that store the harvested rice that have yet to be dehusked. Nearly all of the villages in this area are part of the same lineage and therefore follow the village leader, Aba, and the Adat way of life.

Bunches of rice, know as 'puchong' lie drying under the sun.

On assignment for GEO Extra.
 Women villagers take a break from removing weeds from the main square in Cipta Gelar village. These duties are often regarded as an honour, a way of serving the head of the village and receiving his blessing. 
 Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology and guns. Here in his home he is shown a long-range competition rifle by a regular visitor from Jakarta.
 Women dehusking rice and sifting rice flour. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.
 Children play outside their home near the village square. All the homes are largely made out of natural materials that can be found in the nearby forest. In recent years these homes have been modified to include some modern materials.
 Within the village, different families are assigned different jobs. This farmer returns home after having returned his buffaloes to their pens.
 Women outside the Imah Gede, the village communal centre and the abode of Aba, the village chief. All of the buildings in the village are made mostly from natural materials that can be found in the forest.
 In the afternoon a group of women from the village prepare food in the communal kitchen. It is a tradition and custom that everyone is always welcomed with food at the communal centre known as the Imah Gede.
 Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.
 Villagers constructing an extension to a home. Bamboo, banana leaves and wood are some of the materials collected from the forests to use for the construction.
 Women dehusking rice by hand. This activity is usually done in groups with long wooden pestles. The same pestles are also used to create percussive music that help them keep time when pounding the rice.
 Villagers perform at night singing and playing traditional musical instruments during the lunar ceremony. The performance is a celebration and a way to give thanks for the bountiful rice harvests that they receive throughout the year. Often the performance will happen regardless of whether there are any villagers watching.
 Jumin feeds his goats in the small pen whilst a fellow villager leads buffaloes back to the stables after a day out roaming on the hills.
 Kitchenware dry outdoors below a row of rice barns that store the harvests of past seasons.
 A chicken watches a woman caring for her child outside the communal kitchen of the village.
 The men of Cipta Gelar village congregate outside during the night of the lunar celebrations.
 Men sit on the porch of the village leader's (Aba) residence.  The Aba is is fond of technology, and on the porch is a collection of electronic gadgets that he has collected. He spends his time tinkering with these gadgets when he is not attending to his official role. Men often sit here to wait for a chance to commune with him and seek his blessing.
 Umi and her teenage helpers from the village sit out on the porch after an afternoon of gardening. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community with some of the yonger members buying motorbikes.
 A farmer returning home after a day out in the fields. Irrigation of water to the small man-made pond is channeled through landscaped hills and bamboo pipes.
 Kidai, one of the village elders is busy working by the road side to help tidy up the trail that leads up to the village and at the same time collecting feed for the livestock.
 Women from Cipta Gelar village cook rice in a small kitchen at the Imah Gede community centre. Every month during the full moon, it is an Adat custom to pay respects for the gift of rice by having a ceremony. In the communal kitchen of the village,  women are the ones in charge of preparing the specific foods and various sweets that are special to this occasion.
 A bride dresses up in preparation for her wedding in Sinar Resmi, a village set lower down in the mountain.
 Inside the home of Yoyoyo Gasmana and his wife Umi, as they prepare lunch. Both had very different lives prior to choosing to be a part of this village community full time. Yoyo, as he is more commonly known is a performance artist that continues to be invited to perform in other parts of the world whilst his wife used to work for an NGO in Bali. Both have chosen to make the community, its traditions and Adat way of life their own.
 A farmer carrying hand made banana leaf coverings that are used to construct the top of roofs in the village.
 A woman washes her laundry outside a bathroom made out of bamboo whilst in the distance another woman from the village walks down the hill to go for a wash. 
 Students at the local school in Cipta Gelar village.
 Aba, the village leader, has a penchant for technology. Remarkably, from his own efforts. he figured a way to start his own TV station. He sits in the porch of his residence at the Imah Gede communal centre, where he typically spends his time relaxing and tinkering with electronics.
 A satellite dish sits in the courtyard of a small home in the village. In the distance are rice barns that store the harvests from past seasons. Much of the village life here continues to be in the Adat tradition  but recent years have seen the influence of modernity on the community.
 View of surrounding landscape from the village. In the distance are other rice fields, forests and a neighbouring village. Nearby are the rice barns that store the harvested rice that have yet to be dehusked. Nearly all of the villages in this area are part of the same lineage and therefore follow the village leader, Aba, and the Adat way of life.
 Bunches of rice, know as 'puchong' lie drying under the sun.