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Nagasahay

In 1963 on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, Chief Johnson Goiya of the Nagasahay tribe decided to turn his back on modernity completely. His tribe has reverted to a traditional way of life ever since, down to the pronounced nambas, or penis sheaths, that is the sole male attire. The women of the Nagasahay live apart from the men, and have their own village from which they prepare the tribe’s meals. It is taboo for them to enter the nakamal, or clubhouse, where the men gather when they are not out hunting. As with the other communities on the island, they believe that when they die, their spirits go to live in the local volcano, Mt. Yasur, which remains a sacred site for the Nagasahay.