New MOU agreement with the Indigenous Education Foundation (IEF)

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We are excited to announce that the Yayasan Pendidikan Suku Mentawai (YPSM) was officially changed to the Yayasan Pendidikan Budaya Mentawai (YPBM) with the number deed of establishment, Notary Rismadona, SH.AHU – 0012635 AH.01.04 Year 2018. The Yayasan Pendidikan Budaya

Indigenous Celebration Festival, in Bali

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Some time ago, on May 11-15, the Mentawai Cultural Education Foundation (YPBM) team attended the Indigenous Celebration Festival in Ubud, Bali. In this event, YPBM brought a team of members from the Mentawai Pumaijat cultural arts centre, in Saibi Samukop

Mentawai Cultural Performance Festival

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After almost 1 year of implementing our Mentawai cultural education program, the Yayasan Pendidikan Suku Mentawai (YPSM) team have initiated a cultural celebration festival to coincide with Indonesia’s 73rd anniversary. This event brings all of the YPSM student groups from

Developing the program’s curriculum

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Together with August Sikatsila, Suku Mentawai’s program manager, we’ve spent the past month gathering cultural and environmental-based research in the Sarereiket regions of Siberut Island. August headed our previous community research and survey activities and is indeed right at home

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

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

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