A Week With Samantha Runkel: Vanuatu's Land Divers

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“In the seventies, Vanuatuans reclaimed land diving as a stand against colonialism”

(missionaries had tried to ban the practice in the early 20th century).

In the Southern part of Pentecost Island, men climb 100 feet in the air, tie liana vines around their feet…and jump.

It’s at the base of the jump that Samantha, Michael and their 8-month old daughter stood to witness this ritual, and it’s a story that will captivate you.

You can read the full story here.

Photos by Michael Runkel