Meet the Mentawai Tribes
Take a trip into the wild & immerse yourself in ancestral practices and traditions. Discover heavy spiritual semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer people who have chose to continue living their traditional tribal lifestyle.
The Mentawai lifestyle should be of interest to almost every society for it contains elements of hunter-gatherer, animal husbandry and subsistence level settled farming traditions; all of these forms of existence are at the roots of every contemporary scociety. However traditional Mentawai communities can not be reduced only to a lens on the yesterday of our modern technological societies, they are also an example a sophisticated socialization that balances subsistence with a unique pattern of family well being, in essence a window on a potential tomorrow. Dr Philip Cook, University of Victoria, BC. Canada
If you can move beyond the perception of the Mentawai as only «primitive», then you may be able to appreciate a culture whose veneration of the child, centrality of healing, and the emphasis placed on a rich web of connectivity linking the individual to his or her clan and community, ancestors of the past and future, as well as the spirit of creation manifest in the natural cycle of daily life in the rainforest, makes our own lives seem narrow & disconnected. Dr Philip Cook, University of Victoria, BC. Canada
The Mentawai People have lived for centuries on their unique Archipelago of Islands, now reduced to a few settlements on the southern tip of Siberut Island, they still have a strong traditional lifestyle though their future is threatened by external forces such as logging, introduced diseases, and large scale settlement of Non Mentawai due to economic and population pressures in other parts of Indonesia.
Is giving money a mere means of easing our western conscience? Money is an inevitable part of modern life, even for these tribes. We give them money for experiencing their life, but our aim is to help them use this money to preserve their culture. Have some chats with your guide along that week, as you will be staying in his family & friends’ houses, he will help you to understand the situation more deeply. He is the son of tribes’ people.
Mentawai, one of Indonesian islands, with its millions of beauty, inhabited by one ethnic people, Mentawai, having tattoes all over their bodies. Its exotism and the existence of endangered primate, called pigtail monkey, dwarf siamang and beruk that live wildly and freely side to side with the people in a traditional house inhabited by group of people. Prepare yourself for for the unlimited experiences. You will definitely enjoy!
Day 1. fridays
Pick up from airport, to guest gouse in padang and meeting in my guest then guest stay to harbour padang 1 night in padang
Day 2. saturdays
Pick up from guest to harbour padang from harbour mentawai , then prepared to Muara Siberut by Speed Boat. From muara Siberut continued to Kesagu by Boat. Start Trekking from Kesagu to Rorogod and stay for the day at local traditional house.
Day 3 Sunday
Explore the local. See for the making of traditional fabric from woods leaves and a poison bow At noon with the local catch a fish and hunting in the jungle.
Day 4 Monday
Trekking to the waterfall and at night Mentawai Sikerei Dance show full of magic!.
Day 5 Tuedays
Trekking to Kesagu and by boat to Muara siberut. at noon heading back to padang by speed boat. ETA at Padang 06.00pm. End of Trip
Day 6. Tuedays and 7 Wednesday
Pick up from harbour padang to guest house stay 1 night and guest house to airport
The price includes:
– Picking up in airport and return
– transfort from airport to guest house then guest house to harbour then guest house to airport
– Ticket ferry boat return and travel permit in Mentawai
– Accomodation staying at local people’s house
– Meals in staying at local people’s house
-guide + porter trekking
– transfort from harbour mentawai to local people’s house
– transfort from local people’s house to harbour mentawai
-stay guest house in padang return
The price not includes:
– flight to Padang
Things needed to be prepared:
– Daypack and backpack
– Shoes and Sandal for tracking
– Personal medicine
– Camera or handycam for documentation
– Flashlight and back up battery
Grade Trip : Medium – Hard
Duration : days nights
Time : Anytime
speed Boat Padang – Siberut : Tuesday and Saturday, 07.00am
speed Boat Siberut – Padang : Tuesday and Saturday, 06.00pm
The schedule for speed boat can sometimes be changed without prior notice depending on the weather.