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Mentawai Cultural Ecotourism Association (MCEA)

Native Planet is redefining cultural ecotourism, by offering a model of conservation and bridging the gap between cultures with the Mentawai Cultural Ecotourism Association (MCEA).

The MCEA is a sustainable project that approaches Mentawai cultural preservation from two directions. We offer educated Mentawai the professional training they need to work and earn a living wage as knowledgeable guides and humanitarian project managers. The MCEA program also helps these young Mentawai to better understand, respect and appreciate their own culture, which has been under attack for many years and is in immediate danger of disappearance.

This is a unique opportunity for assimilated Mentawai to learn about their ancient culture from those elders who still live it. The young, in turn, can then ensure that it is passed on to future generations. Knowledge of the old ways helps the guides become sensitive and effective proponents for the empowerment and preservation of traditional Mentawai communities.

MENTAWAI CULTURAL TOURS

Mentawai Cultural Eco-tours

Join Mentawai guides educated in their culture for a unique opportunity to stay with this rainforest tribe!

EXPLORE MENTAWAI CULTURE

Challenges the Mentawai face:
Introduction: Change or Vanish
Social Structure
Modern Clothing
Schools
Religions
Costs of Relocation
Inappropriate Housing
Malnutrition & Epidemics
Fighting Back

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