The Nias language is spoken on the island of the same name, which is located off the coast of the larger Indonesian island of Sumatra. The word “nias” derives from the term for “human” that the indigenous people use to refer to themselves. The geographic isolation of the island has made for a local culture that remains quite unique. Locals still perform ritual war dances, and young men participate in a dangerous tradition of jumping over large stones covered in spikes to signify their coming of age. The majority of Nias people are Christian, with a small Muslim minority. They build earthquake resistant houses that rest atop pillars and have high rooftops.
- Nias, Batu, and North Sumatra, Indonesia
- Selatieli Sihura