Live a life as it was 5000 years ago with the “Flower People”

Live a life as it was 5000 years ago with the “Flower People”
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 On the small Indonesian island of Pulau Siberut we find the Mentawai, or the “Flower People”. They practice shamanic rituals, hunt monkeys with poisoned arrows, wear hibiscus flowers and sharpen their teeth. They believe that everything is connected and has a purpose. The "Flower People" never take the life of an animal or plant, before asking for forgiveness from its spirit, explaining the reason why they did it. The Mentawai live a semi - nomadic hunter - gatherer lifestyle, almost unchanged since their ancestors arrived in those lands about 5000 years ago.
Flower people’s adornments are meant to mesmerize their souls, which otherwise would detach from their bodies, leaving them defenseless against the diseases and death. Tattoos are meant to chase away the evil spirits and to attract the good ones. Teeth cutting is an even more painful way of appeasing and taming the spirits. The “Flower People” have a mainly oral tradition and never felt the need to change anything, since the land is offering them food, shelter and medicine.
We will dive deep into their culture, learning about their food, rituals, going hunting and fishing, participating in a dance ceremony and maybe even whitnesing a pig fest.
This of course being Indonesia, there will be breathtakingly beautiful places on the way. Siberut is the perfect tropical island to connect with nature, with simple, minimalistic life, while visiting the paradise.

 Highlights:
♦ Explore Mentawai people’s unique culture and rituals
♦ Go hunting, fishing and making local medicine with the “Flower People”
♦ Sleeping in local people’s house Uma


Itinerary: 

Day 1: Siberut Bat Obai / Bat Rorogot
We get picked up from the hotel to catch a boat that leaves at 7 am. After we arrive in Siberut, around 13.00 pm we meet our guide to talk about the next few days, and get some instructions on what we should and should not do, around the locals. Then we have some more sailing down the river with a canoe, before we reach Bat Obai or Bat Rorogot, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Spend time and learn from the Flower people

First thing in the morning, is to take a shower in the local clean river. Then breakfast, and after we have a full day of activities, like making loincloth, fishing, and making tattoos.

Day 3: Deeper into the culture
After breakfast we jump back in the canoe and head for 3-4 hours to go deeper into the jungle and the culture of the Mentawai. After we arrive in Butui village we will do some light hike and stay at a traditional house of Mentawai called “Uma”, that is built on stilts. Ther homes are also inspired by nature and are made in a way that connects the humans with the world outside, rather than shield them from it. All comes from a centuries long traditions and has to be in unison with the flow of energy.

Day 4 Exploring the native’s life in Butui

After Breakfast we join the Mentawai life, to see how they make poison arrows and then actually go hunting in the jungle. We will also learn how to prep Sago, which is the local food, milled into a flower, from the trunk of a tree. Then we dive into the world of traditional medicine. We will learn about the properties of certain plants and how the locals use them to heal. Night will be fun, as we will see some dancing and it is also possible to organise a pig fest.

Day 5. Waterfall
After Breakfast, we join the locals for some more activities, to learn about them and their life. Then we head for Muntei Village by canoe, but on the way we will stop by to visit a waterfall in the forest. We stay overnight in Muntei.

Day 6. Departure
In the morning, we have some time to explore the local area. At noon we take on the road back, catching the ferry and drive back to the hotel.


Price Includes:
All food is brought from Padang and cooked by Guide
All transfers and canoe
Accommodation in the jungle at the local house (Uma)
Licensed English & Mentawai Speaking Guide
Meals during the trip prepare by guide and cook

Not Included:
Personal experiences
Accommodation & Meals in Padang
Personal Insurance
Any cost caused by delay or canceled Ferry

Additional Services:
Price is for 4 to 6 people. Single person's supplement is 135.


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No special experience is needed; everyone who is in condition to cope with long Saturday walks in the forest can also cope with these tours. As a rule, the trips are short and at a low altitude. Often, it is your choice to join or skip a day-tour. The routes follow a hilly terrain without steep ascents and descents. Normally we walk 3/5h a day.

No special experience is needed; everyone who is in condition to cope with long Saturday walks in the forest can also cope with these tours. As a rule, the trips are short and at a low altitude. Often, it is your choice to join or skip a day-tour. The routes follow a hilly terrain without steep ascents and descents. Normally we walk 3/5h a day.

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