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Pictures of villages in Indonesia [updated 2014-04-08]



Below you will find a collection of photos from Indonesia. Pictures were taken by Rhett A. Butler over several years. While these images are the property of mongabay.com, it may be permissible to use them for non-commercial purposes (like powerpoint presentations and school projects), provided that the images are not altered in any form. Please read this for more details. If you are interested in using an image in a publication please contact me.


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Dani man in traditional ceremonial dress



Dani elder in traditional garb



Coastline near the village of Sunur, West Java


Top breed white water buffalo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Top breed white water buffalo


Red anchovies at fish market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Red anchovies at fish market in Rantepao


Village along the Rungan River


Dani man


Riverside village downriver from Bantimurung falls (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Riverside village downriver from Bantimurung falls


Palawa village (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palawa village



Dani man in Anyelma



Dani warrior



Mummified human in New Guinea



Papuan man in Wamena



Dani man with penis gourd


Village on the Sampit River

Isolated mountain home in forests of Sulawesi (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Isolated mountain home in forests of Sulawesi



Men loading sardines for export into the back of a pickup truck


Sulawesi home outside of Ujung Pandang (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Sulawesi home outside of Ujung Pandang



Dani elder in traditional costume


Traditional painting on the side of a home in Palawa (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Traditional painting on the side of a home in Palawa. Orange and black-brown paint has been used to color the art.



Kids among sweet potato fields in the highlands of New Guinea



Lani man in his hut



Lake Sentani houses on stilts



Lani man in his hut



Group of Papuan kids



Lani huts in the Baliem Valley



Dani warrior


Painting of roosters and water buffalos--orange, red, and dark brown paint (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Painting of roosters and water buffalos--orange, red, and dark brown paint



Papuan man holding a feather headdress



Group in Dani in a highland village



Papua man in tradition dress



Alex, a Dani man



Rope bridge near Wamena



Dani man



Children in a Dani village



Fishing boat along the coastline near the village of Sunur, West Java



Group in Dani in a highland village



Sentani bark paintings



Lani man carrying firewood and a machete



Dani village



Beach near Batu Putih, a fishing village in North Sulawesi, with Tangkoko Reserve in the background



Traditional Mouley hut in the Arfak highlands outside of Manokrawi



Lani grass hut



Dani warrior



Dani man receiving a pig ear



Dani man wearing only his penis gourd


Vendor carrying all of his wares on the back of his motorbike (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Vendor carrying all of his wares on the back of his motorbike


Selecting among fish at market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Selecting among fish at market in Rantepao


Village along the Rungan River


Traditional wood and bark hut build by the Mouley clan



Dani woman with a cassowary headdress



Girl in Anyelma


Traditional medicines in Borneo


Arrows in the hand of a Mouley



Armed clansmen in New Guinea



Rumah Kaki Seribu (thousand feet house), a traditional hut in the highlands of West Papua, New Guinea



Papuan man in Wamena


Muddy rice fields near Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Muddy rice fields near Ketu Kese



Workers day hut in a field



Dani woman



Dani man with penis gourd



Community forest



Armed Papuans


Sulawesi home outside of Makassar (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Sulawesi home outside of Makassar



Fishing village of Batu Putih



Dani elder in traditional dress



Dani man



Dani man starting a fire with fiber and kindle



Dani man roasting hog


Rice field with red-roofed but traditional Troraja structure in the background (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice field with red-roofed but traditional Troraja structure in the background


Village on the Sampit River

Men making bamboo sheaths for hand knives (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men making bamboo sheaths for hand knives


Coffee being sold at the central market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Coffee being sold at the central market in Rantepao



Garden in highlands of New Guinea


Intricately carved and painted Toraja house in Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Intricately carved and painted Toraja house in Ketu Kese



Men loading sardines for export into the back of a pickup truck



Lake Sentani houses on stilts


Village along the Rungan River

Durian fruit for sale in Sengkang (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Durian fruit for sale in Sengkang



Tribal Dani women cooking sweet potato



Rice fields and a traditional hut in the highlands of New Guinea



Papuan man removing the bone from his nose


Durian fruit in the market (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Durian fruit in the market. The sales of Durian have been banned in some markets due to the fruit's offensive odor. It is said that the durian "tastes like heaven but smells like hell."



Dani village



Papuan kids


Woman working with material used for dyeing silk yellow (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Woman working with material used for dyeing silk yellow



Dani boy in the highlands of New Guinea



Dani man



Dani man starting a fire with fiber and kindle



Grass hut



Dani fence



Dani man in New Guinea with hog bone in his nose



Mouley man near Syou


Metal workers pounding a machete into shape (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Metal workers pounding a machete into shape



Dani feast



Dani men in war paint



Pig eating lake weeds


Houses of Palawa, a traditional village in Torajaland  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Houses of Palawa, a traditional village in Torajaland


Blacksmiths mnking a machete (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Blacksmiths mnking a machete



Highland agricultural landscape and huts in New Guinea



Traditional arfakpeople house



Dani boy in the highlands of New Guinea



Dani woman


Bucket of live eels at fish market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Bucket of live eels at fish market in Rantepao



Dani man


Highly valued white steer (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Highly valued white steer



Setani woman



Papuan boy



Workers day hut in a field [riau_0444]



Dani children in the highlands of New Guinea



Mouley man near Syou



Dani man


Vendor with all of his wares on the back of his motorcycle (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Vendor with all of his wares on the back of his motorcycle



Dani elder in traditional dress atop a watch tower



Mouley man collecting pitcher plants



Mouley man near Syou



Men loading sardines for export into the back of a pickup truck


Crocodile patterns carved in wood at Tongkonan house (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Crocodile patterns carved in wood at Tongkonan house



Dani elder in traditional dress atop a watch tower


Village along the Rungan River


Papuan hut and garden



Dani woman



Dani men in ceremonial battle


Muddy rice paddies (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Muddy rice paddies



Stilted house near Sukadana



Pigs in New Guinea


Man carving wood souvenirs at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Man carving wood souvenirs at Ketu Kese


Toraja man painting carved wooded boxes at Keta Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja man painting carved wooded boxes at Keta Kese



Dani man




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