Mentawai Telephone, Tuddukat

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The prospect of functioning without a telephone would be considered near impossible by a large and growing portion of today’s modern society who now depends upon this device to sustain a means of living. For better or worse, this change

Suku Mentawai Program, preparations

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Early November I met with Esmat in Padang (West Sumatra) to finalize registration of the Indonesian Foundation setup to operate the Suku Mentawai program. Namely, the ‘Yayasan Pendidikan Global Pribumi Indonesia’. This is now complete. Big thanks to Yeni and

Raffle winner announced!

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Please watch the video below to see if you’ve won the limited-edition Mentawai photo prize! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and for your support in getting the Suku Mentawai program off the ground. We’re extremely grateful, and excited. Plenty

Cultural Story: How to build a Mentawai Uma

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Storytelling is a fundamental component of all indigenous cultures and heavily intertwined within their native educational systems. For Mentawai, according to Sikerei, “Our stories teach us about our history and how to survive here. They carry the wealth of Mentawai

Partnering with Suku Mentawai

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Suku Mentawai is pleased to announce a new and ongoing partnership with Pitstop Hill Mentawai. Pitstop Hill Mentawai, established in 2007 by Paul Clarke and Uncu, is one of Mentawai’s most popular surf tourism resorts. We are absolutely thrilled to

Win this limited edition Mentawai photo – framed!

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We plan to commence work on the Suku Mentawai program before the end of the year. However, to do so, we need to raise initial funding through IEF. If you’d like to win this certified limited edition (artist proof #1)

How Effective is Traditional Medicine?

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Continuing on from recent articles discussing how the indigenous Mentawai community deals with illness and loss of life, I’d like to delve a little deeper into the practices of traditional Mentawai medicine; those who are trained to administer it; and

Suku Mentawai t-shirts

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To help raise money in support of indigenous Mentawai’s educational solution and promote awareness amongst communities throughout the world, we’ve designed a range of mens and womens Suku Mentawai t-shirts to sell. Made from 100% organic cotton and printed using

Film

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Watch the film, BUI MAREUREU BAAP As Worlds Divide, and experience why maintaining Indigenous knowledge is integral to the Mentawai people and their future (…)

Mentawai Ceremony

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To offer some insight into Mentawai culture and practices, I thought I’d share with you a few moments captured during a ceremony given for the death of an elder (Panogru) (…)