The Shamans in Ceram

Between Borneo and New Guinea lies the island of Ceram in the Moluccas archipelago where the Masuane live. They are a nomadic tribe and are constantly on the move.

The sago tree is the Masuane’s staple food and they use its fibrous flesh to obtain flour rich in carbohydrates. But the sago tree serves other purposes too: the bark is used to build the floors and walls of their homes and the leaves are used to construct the roofs and to make ropes and baskets. Hunting and gathering are the main focus of life among the Masuane. The rest of their time is spent dancing, singing and telling stories.