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"House in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra", ©1994 photo Elroy Christenson
This picturesque valley is a realitively difficult place to get to. The city of Bukittinggi has a terrific market and some interesting swept wing type roofs on the houses. Although Moslem, the culture here is matralineal with the women in control of property and inheritance. Typically a family of mostly women of several generation live in a house like this. Men are invited in but can be asked to leave at anytime. Children of the family may have different fathers from a single mother.