Vanuatu - Yakel Tribe

 In a remote Pacific Island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, hidden one of the World's Tribal Societies, THE YAKEL TRIBE.

The Yakel tribe abstain the modern world, enjoying a centuries-old lifestyle while fending off the forces of commerce.


Visiting the tribe felt like stepping back on the traditional time. They still wear their traditional clothes on their day to day lives: a fiber grass skirt and bare-breasted for women, whereas men wear the traditional Nambas,  where men are completely naked except for a string tied about the waist.

Strong Women of the Yakel Tribe

The “characteristic social behavior” of being a woman is to help the men. Women were made to work alongside him. Here in this tribe, they work together with the men, they have the same function, easy or difficult tasks, it doesn't matter. They do male works too, or anything to contribute to Tribes' day to day lives.

But of course, they are wives and mothers too. When they are in the stage of having children, they like to work in their havens doing things such as cleaning and cooking. This is an excellent place to spend time with their little ones, teaching them how to do things that really matter in caring for and serving others and other foundational lessons.

The Men of the Tribe.

Men wear the traditional Nambas,  where men are completely naked except for a string tied about the waist.

The Children

Living what some outsiders would consider a feral survival is normal to the children of Yakel, their clothing, food, and entertainment are provided entirely by the forest in which they live.

Normally children here don't go to school, they are taught by their parents and by the chief, but according to Charlie, our guide in the Village, since the Chief died, the children started going to the nearby school, and although they were taught of the usual subjects, they are still being trained of the practicality about life by their elders and parents, like looking for food in the forest, the 'Kastoms', and Traditional cooking. They involve themselves on the aspects of a situation that involve the actual doing or experience of something rather than theories or ideas.

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