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Nature Provides Our Resources

For the Wehea community in the heart of Borneo, nature provides food, water, shelter, medicine and ceremonial resources.

Villagers in Nehas Liah Bing hang flags over the Seleq River in preparation for the Lom Plai (rice harvest) festival.

Village men carry canoes for the seksiang ritual, in which villagers participate in a "war" on the river with grass spears.

A villager prepares the traditional lemang – rice cooked in coconut milk, then wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked over an open flame inside bamboo overnight.

Village elder Ledjie Taq takes in the scene on the morning of the Lom Plai festival.

A young girl participates in the Peknai ritual in which villagers splash water on one another and rub soot from pots and pans on faces.

Ibu Tipung avoids getting splashed during the Peknai ritual.

Dancers perform the Hedoq dance, which asks a good spirit for blessings.

Pak Sam Wung patrols the Wehea Protected Forest as part of his duties as a "forest guardian."

Forest guardians worked with the Conservancy on an orangutan assessment, and found that the forest is home to an estimated 400 to 600 orangutans.

Sunrise over a forest in Borneo, Indonesia.

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