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Mentawai Projects: Uma Construction

Your donation will help Native Planet continue to build new umas, the hearts of Mentawai society, for traditional Mentawai clans wishing to return to their ancestral land and preserve their culture.

Our First Uma Construction Project
Photos by Salim Samuntei, September 2003 to Summer 2004
 

On-site, Project Manager Salim Samuntei is supervising the construction process.

The team of skilled Mentawai carpenters Native Planet brought from a nearby village to cut boards and beams framed the structure in only six weeks. Traditional methods would have taken a year.

Contributions have allowed us to begin the wooden floor as well as the long-lasting thatch roof. Native Planet needs to finish the floor, walls and benches, so the uma, the heart of this indigenous community, can be completed quickly. When it is finished, this shaman’s clan can return to live in the pristine rainforest of the ancestors and honor the old ways.

THE UMA PROJECT

The Uma, cornerstone of the Mentawai culture

Help us preserve traditional Mentawai clans by building uma community houses necessary for their relocation back to ancestral lands.

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

CULTURAL TOURISM PROJECT

Protect the Mentawai Culture and help the Mentawai People empower themselves

Native Planet's project, the Mentawai Cultural Ecotourism Association is a key to Mentawai cultural preservation and self-empowerment.

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