Bali International Indigenous Film Festival (BIIFF)

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After receiving invitation to attend and participate in the International Indigenous Film Festival in Bali, the Yayasan Pendidikan Budaya Mentawai (YPBM) foundation delegated this opportunity to one representative, Martison Siritoitet. Martison is a Mentawai youth working for YPBM in the

Buko pasigelaijat ngangan Mentawai

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MENTAWAI LANGUAGE LEARNING BOOK Over the past few decades, the Mentawai have seen dramatic change throughout their archipelago. There has been an enormous surge in development, tourism, and immigration – bringing with it powerful foreign influence. August Tonggiat, founder of

Pasi teuteu metcak pagalaijat adat Mentawai

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REVIVING THE LOCAL WISDOM OF MENTAWAI CULTURE Last week we sat down with Fransiskus Yan, the Head of Mentawai’s cultural education foundation, Yayasan Pendidikan Budaya Mentawai (YPBM), to discuss their self-managed education program and how they perceive the relationship and involvement

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

Mentawai Ecotourism Launch

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As a means to sustain our Cultural and Environmental Education Program (CEEP), we have developed a Mentawai Ecotourism system. Tourism is our fastest growing industry, contributing to a very large portion of our economy, so through this we see a

Suku Mentawai cultural education program officially underway!

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Due to the wonderful response and support we’re receiving via the Indigenous Education Foundation (IEF) and their As Worlds Divide #wafsac – ‘watch a film, save a culture’ campaign, our Suku Mentawai ‘Cultural and Environmental Education Program’ (CEEP) is now officially

Mentawai Government support Suku Mentawai’s cultural education program

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It has been a rather eventful month in Mentawai – gathering documentation for a campaign video; furthering our strategy to enable the community an avenue to sustain their cultural education program; and meeting with Mentawai Government heads to discuss their

Upcoming fundraiser event – win $2000!

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There has been a lot of activity for Suku Mentawai over the past few months; including cultural celebrations and traditional tattooing, illness, shamanic ceremony, and a particularly fortuitous meeting with the (West Sumatran) cultural education department in Padang. An article