This Photographer Documented an Indigenous Tribe and Found That All of Them Had Stunning Blue Eyes
Those who have travelled to Indonesia might know what a special country it is. Indonesia is considered to be the largest island country in the world as it consists of over 17,000 islands. With so many little islands, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it is a melting pot of culture with over 700 different languages. On one of these tiny islands, exists a condition called Waardenburg syndrome which characterizes some of the indigenous inhabitants.
1Waardenburg syndrome on the island of Buton
In the midst of this melting pot, one island called Buton stands out for a unique feature among its indigenous population. There exists a strange genetic fluke known as Waardenburg syndrome in some of the indigenous people on the island.
2The highlighting aspect of Waardenburg syndrome
This syndrome results in hearing loss, but that’s not the unique feature or trait which has been highlighted. The distinguishing feature happens to be the case of dazzling, piercing, electric blue eyes caused by this syndrome which remind people of Frank Herbet’s Fremen from Dune.
3Waardenburg syndrome can even affect a single eye
This syndrome can even affect a single eye which is why some of them are simply heterochromatic. This means that while one eye might have a normal colored iris, the other eye will have a bright-piercing blue colored iris.
4An Indonesian photographer shares his pictures of people with this syndrome
An Indonesian geologist and hobby photographer named Korchnoi Pasaribu who hails from the island of Java managed to capture these hypnotic eyes. He took many photos of the tribes-people and shared them on his Instagram account.
5The photos display the uniqueness of the tribes-people
While Korchoni has visited many tribes in Indonesia, this was the most unique one for him. It’s not often that you come across people from the Pacific with such electrifying blue eyes. But, here on the tiny island of Buton, chances are that you may see 1 or 2 people with this feature.