These tips just informing and remind you in
doing the journey in Mentawai Islands, so that your journey succeeds well.
Such other place in the world, you must respect and methodical along with
traditions-and-practices custom ceremony that occurring in that area.
The following of several tips in the Mentawai's journey:
It is best in the journey to Mentawai Inlands, you always used guide
(it's better from local people) that will assist a lot in your journey.
When you would like to use guide's service/the driver from us, Click
Here, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Know and according some word and short sentences which general used to
communicate with them.
Like anaileoita (hello / how are you), tak kuagai
(I don't know / I don't understand), masura bagata (thanks you), bojoik
This matter is very useful to more bring closer yourself with residents local.
For other general language, click here.
For you free world's activist that regularly brings a tent, for journey to
Mentawai Islands the matter was not extremely needed.
Besides area that is more less be sufficient (wet or slow), build a tent at
any place can be wrongly meaning you take possession land of people.
At generally, guests who comes sleep at Uma (resident house).
Work to bring hammock (custom mosquito of nets) for protection when
sleeping in inland areas.
This matter to avoid mosquito's sufficient assault.
Bring tobaccos or cigarettes in your journey.
This matter need to contact and socialization with person you meet, because
for Mentawai society tobaccos or cigarettes as the symbol of
Bring tobaccos and give it to them if you visit the family house, they will accept you with good thinking and take your
tobaccos as the symbol of your friendship.
Don't take the photo with human object (especially kerei) without
earlier requesting for permission to them.
When this matter you do to secretly, when they know then you will strike tulou
(fine). If not, regularly when you print it the object you are capture loose
and you will get not the black shadow on your photo paper.
Anyhow don't throw the dirt in the river.
River in Mentawai society is to be a important matter and they fear to
annoyed from tai ka bagat koa (the inhabitant's soul water).
When you do, you will strike tulou (fine).
Or if you are forced to, first asked to your guide or to the residents that
Don't ask bilou hunting (endemik monkey) for special tourism
atraction. For Mentawai traditional peopple, hunting a monkey just done when punen
In the middle of Siberut Island (society's inland place which very
primitive), extremely didn't bring or showing adorn oneself that light up
(especially gold) to them.
Bring enough money in your journey, because no bank or money changer in
Even better before leave go to Mentawai, drink malaria's medicine and bring
several rounds for proposal in the journey and don't forget to bring first
aid kit, because medicine service doesn't good.