Trekking Mentawai

Trekking to Save a Life – Mentawai Culture and Infant Mortality

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Canoe on the way down. Trekking on the way back. Motorboat all the way down to the coast. A busy day. The kid lived. I entered the hut (sapou) where the baby’s dad cradled him. He was maybe two months old but listless. Eyes slightly open, burning up. The gaping ulcers over several parts of […]

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Trekking Tour in Mentawai? Check out this Video Guide to Siberut Culture

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There’s plenty of videos out there about Mentawai these days, mainly about surfing. That’s no surprise since surfers make up the overwhelming majority of foreign visitors to the islands. There’s also a good deal of video and fim-making relating to the Mentawai cultural ‘hot zone’, namely a couple of river valleys in South Siberut. If […]

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Mentawai Earthquake & Tsunami – Better To Be On a Boat Than Land Based Surf Resort?

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A fanciful view of the lineup after an 8.7 magnitude quake, smack bang in the middle of the channel separating the Mentawai islands from Sumatra, sends one or more walls of water over the top of Playgrounds or into Katiet to wipe it from the face of the earth. Can you imagine what’s left of Katiet […]

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