Mentawai

 

Julianus was trained as a Mentawai sipatiti by his father. After learning the skill, he began tattooing other Mentawai people up until tattooing was outlawed by the Indonesian government in the 60-70s. In the 90’s he began tattooing again and has attended cultural festivals in Bali and Jakarta. Julianus explains that there are very few Mentawai now wanting to receive their traditional tattoos and so his services are rarely requested.

 

Raimundus has been working alongside the Yayasan Pendidikan Budaya Mentawai (YPSM) and has developed interest in learning the meaning and process of their traditional tattoo culture. He is currently in training to become a Mentawai sipatiti, with the goal to then teach other younger generation students as part of the YPSM cultural education program.
 

 

Sikerei

Mentawai is home to an incredibly biodiverse and resource-rich hunter-gatherer culture. Sikerei, the custodians of Mentawai’s ‘Arat Sabulungan’ culture, continue to teach the new generation of Mentawai the songs, dance, skills and knowledge to enrich their lives. Identifying just how valuable Mentawai culture is for their future, cultural revitalisation groups throughout Siberut Island have been supporting Sikerei and gathering students together to practice and perform Mentawai cultural dance, art and ritual. One particular group from Saibi Samukop in Siberut’s Central district have been training and performing at local schools and festivals and hope to bring their culture to Bali for the Indigenous Celebration Festival. Accompanied by traditional drum ‘gajeuma’ and chant, the dances they will perform include the ‘uliat Bilou’, which mimics the behaviours of a monkey and is most often performed during ceremony after a successful hunt; and the ‘uliat Manyang’, which mimics the behaviours of an eagle who is amidst its own hunt for food.

 

Students and Teachers of Pumaijat Saibi Sumakot Studi

 

Name                           : Juliardiman Saguruk

Date of Birth               : Saibi Samukop, 1st July 2001

Gender                        : Male

School                         : SMAN 1 Siberut Tengah Saibi Samukop

                                       (Senior High School 1 Tengah Saibi Samukop)

Juliardiman saguruk is one of Pumaijat studio students who are located in Central Siberut Sub-district of Mentawai Islands District in Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation. Juliardiman is one of the highly skilled students of Turuk laggai dancers and cares on Mentawai culture. Several contests and festivals that he has been followed are Turek Laggai dance competition at Saiuk Samukop district of Central Siberut, Fest in Mentawai Islands district level, children category, which was held by government of Mentawai Islands. Every Saturday, Juliardiman with his friends are always trained in Pumaijat studio from Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation.

Name                           : Ardi Suriono Sakulok

Date of Birth               : Saibi Samukop, 24th November 2004

Gender                        : Male

School                         : SMPN 1 Siberut Tengah Saibi Samukop

                                       (Junior High School 1 Tengah Saibi Samukop)

Ardi Suriono Sakulok is one of Pumaijat Studio students who are located in Central Siberut Sub-district of Mentawai Islands District in Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation.He is one of the highly skilled students of Turuk laggai dancers and cares on Mentawai culture. Several contests and festivals that he has been followed are Turek Laggai dance competition at Saiuk Samukop district of Central Siberut, Fest in Mentawai Islands district level, children category, which was held by government of Mentawai Islands. Every Saturday, Ardi with his friends are always trained in Pumaijat studio.

 

 

Name                           : Arsenius Sakailoat

Date of Birth               : Saibi Samukop, 15th April 1955

Gender                        : Male

School                         : Trainer of Pumaijat Siberut Tengah Saibi studio

Arsenius Sakailoat is one of Pumaijat Studio students who are located in Central Siberut Sub-district of Mentawai Islands District in Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation. He is one of the highly skilled trainers of Turuk laggai dancers and underatand about Mentawai culture. Several contests and festivals that he has been followed as trainer are Turek Laggai dance competition at Saiuk Samukop district of Central Siberut, Fest in Mentawai Islands district level, children category, which was held by government of Mentawai Islands. Every Saturday, he always trains the students in Pumaijat studio founded by Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation.

Name                           : Janulis Sakatsilak

Date of Birth               : Saibi Samukop, 12th March 1968

Gender                        : Male

School                         : Chief of Pumaijat Siberut Tengah Saibi studio

Janulis Sakatsilak is one of Pumaijat Studio students who are located in Central Siberut Sub-district of Mentawai Islands District in Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation. He is one of the highly skilled trainers of Turuk laggai dancers and underatand about Mentawai culture. Several contests and festivals that he has been followed as trainer are Turek Laggai dance competition at Saiuk Samukop district of Central Siberut, Fest in Mentawai Islands district level, children category, which was held by government of Mentawai Islands. Every Saturday, he always trains the students in Pumaijat studio founded by Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation.

 

Name                           : Raymundus Sakerebau

Date of Birth               : Saibi Samukop, 7th January 1999

Gender                        : Male

School                         : SMAN 1 Siberut Tengah Saibi Samukop

                                       (Senior High School 1 Tengah Saibi Samukop)

Raymundus Sakerebau is one of Pumaijat Studio students who are located in Central Siberut Sub-district of Mentawai Islands District in Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation. Raymundus Sakerebau is one of the highly skilled students of Turuk laggai dancers and cares on Mentawai culture. Several contests and festivals that he has been followed are Turek Laggai dance competition at Saiuk Samukop district of Central Siberut, Fest in Mentawai Islands district level, children category, which was held by government of Mentawai Islands. Every Saturday, Raymundus with his friends are always trained in Pumaijat studio.

Name                           : Sepna Detias

Date of Birth               : Saibi Samukop

Gender                        : Female

School                         : SDN 1 Siberut Tengah Saibi Samukop

                                       (Elementary School 1 Tengah Saibi Samukop)

Sepna Detias is one of Pumaijat Studio students who are located in Central Siberut Sub-district of Mentawai Islands District in Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation. She is one of the highly skilled students of Turuk laggai dancers and cares on Mentawai culture. Several contests and festivals that he has been followed are Turek Laggai dance competition at Saiuk Samukop district of Central Siberut, Fest in Mentawai Islands district level, children category, which was held by government of Mentawai Islands. Every Saturday, Sepna with her friends are always trained in Pumaijat studio.

 

Uliat or movement to be displayed

The team of pumaijat young dancers come from Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation is ready to perform. And this pumaijat studio team will perform Tuk Turuk laggai (Mentawai original dance): uliat or imitate the style movement of Bilou (monkey) and Manyang (Eagle).

Bilou (monkey) is one type of endemic primates that only live and breed in Mentawai Island. For Mentawai people, Bilou has cultural value in itself and becomes the pride of Mentawai people when they are hunting. When one tribe gets Bilou, they will hold a big party at a traditional house called Uma. The dance of Bilou (Monkey) is a movement that describes the life of a monkey who feeds and plays at the forest

Uliat / Turang Laggai Manyang dance (Eagle) is a movement that depicts the life of an eagle that is looking for food and style of an Eagle when flying.

 

Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation Profile

Pendidikan Suku Mentawai Foundation is a group of youth from Muntei, South Siberut Sub-district, Mentawai Islands District, West Sumatera Province with a great vision for Mentawai
Tribe's revival. With the vision of preserving Mentawai tribe culture by involving Mentawai young generation and involving local people in cultural development program, they are actively involved in raising the spirit of Mentawai students to protect the environment and preserve Mentawai culture. They are young people who revive the activities in the existing cultural studios which are passive in various activities. They are solutions for the Mentawai Tribe, Culture-Eco Warriors!