Nias Island Historical Images

Photographs from the bygone days of Nias Island
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Indonesia ~ Sumatra, Nias | Studio portrait of a women, taken between 1892 and 1992 by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Indonesia ~ Sumatra, Nias | Studio portrait of a women, taken between 1892 and 1992 by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Man of Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia in ceremonial costume. Mentawai (also known as Mentawei and Mentawi) people are the native people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra province, Indonesia.  The Mentawai population is estimated to be about 64,000. The Mentawai language belongs to the Austronesian language family. The people are characterised by their heavy spirituality, body art and their tendency to sharpen their teeth, a practice they feel makes one beautiful.

Man of Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia in ceremonial costume. Mentawai (also known as Mentawei and Mentawi) people are the native people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra province, Indonesia. The Mentawai population is estimated to be about 64,000. The Mentawai language belongs to the Austronesian language family. The people are characterised by their heavy spirituality, body art and their tendency to sharpen their teeth, a practice they feel makes one beautiful.

Indonesia, Nias female ~ Nīas (Indonesian: Pulau Nias, Nias language: Tanö Niha) is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Nias (Kepulauan Nias) is also the name of the archipelago, including the small Hinako Islands.

Indonesia, Nias female ~ Nīas (Indonesian: Pulau Nias, Nias language: Tanö Niha) is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Nias (Kepulauan Nias) is also the name of the archipelago, including the small Hinako Islands.

Dr Paul Wirz (1892-1955)    Idols of wood and stone in a House of Nias    From his Book: ’Nias, Die Insel der Götzen’. Ed. Orell Füssli Verlag, Zürich und Leipzig, 1929

Dr Paul Wirz (1892-1955) Idols of wood and stone in a House of Nias From his Book: ’Nias, Die Insel der Götzen’. Ed. Orell Füssli Verlag, Zürich und Leipzig, 1929

File:COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Een krijger uit Nias. TMnr 60003375.jpg

File:COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Een krijger uit Nias. TMnr 60003375.jpg

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