Sumba is a stunningly beautiful and remote island tucked in the south east corner of the archipelgo, home to a warm and fascinating people. It’s a place where daily life is still governed by ancient traditions and beliefs.
After this picture was taken the two local chiefs duly obliged by making a sacrificial offering of a chicken to welcome in the New Year. While we barbequed the chicken with coconut milk, birds eye chillies and freshly picked sweet corn, they set down their turbans and enjoyed a cool beer - before eventually heading home to the local village.
Sumba will inevitably change, as tourism impacts local lifestyles. Happily one inspired visitor has contributed an amazing project - a hotel school. I have had the privilege of visiting and working with the young students and their instructors; together they are a bright star in the future of the island as it welcomes visitors. The Sumba Hospitality Foundation. www.sumbahospitalityfoundation.org