At the edge of the world

The Agta people have inhabited the mountains of the Sierra Madre on the island of Luzon for 30,000 years. They are one of the last peoples to live by the sea. Agta men and women are excellent hunters and gatherers, amongst the best in the tribal world.

In their society, women have the same rights as men and carry out the same tasks to meet the needs of the tribe, such as hunting or building windbreakers, usually the preserve of men in other tribes.

The diet of the Agta consists of game, fish, crustaceans, honey, wild fruit, roots and other forest produce.