This particular skull cave is located on Nuakata Island where one of our outposts is found. Very few outsiders ever have the oportunity to visit these locations, let alone film them with a local narrator. This video not only shows how the islanders lived in the past, but also shows the level of trust we have built with the locals in this region.
The narrator, Joel, is the local "galeano". The word basically means undertaker. This task has been passed to him through his family and he is the only person on the island qualified to undertake the traditional burial. In this video, he gives us a quick talk on how it is to be done, but he also points out, he has never actually had to do it as they now use a christian type burial instead.
The cave is not far from the village, but did require quite a scramble through thick jungle found on a very steep incline. After slipping and sliding for about 15 minutes, we were rewarded with this view. It was obvious from the state of the surrounding vegetation that it hadn't been visited in many months or maybe years.