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Parker DaviesBy Parker Davies
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Parker DaviesBy Parker Davies
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$1,712
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About

     ‘The Spirit of the Mentawai’ is a documentary about the journey of an American surfer whose lifelong dream was to ride the waves of the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. Though it was the surf that drew Parker to Indonesia, it was the culture of the Mentawai tribe that has made it his home. He found the love of his life and a culture on the verge of disappearing. He started a family in the tiny hunter gatherer village of Tiop and learned to live as they do; connecting to the land, gathering crabs and mullosks in the mangroves, and hunting monkeys with poison arrows.

     By learning the unwritten Mentawai language, Parker has integrated into the community and participated in deeply spiritual shamanic possession rituals. He has had access to the unique botanical and hunting knowledge of the elders that is passed on to only a few of the coming generation. Realizing that he is one of a handful of westerners who has learned the language, Parker has set out to document and archive these teachings before they disappear.

     In the past seven years since Parker arrived, there have been dramatic changes in the Mentawai community. With the influx of globalization and modern goods, the younger generation has taken up exploitative menial labor jobs with middlemen from the mainland. This difficult labor has the negative effect of pulling youth away from traditional knowledge while providing none of the benefits of modernity.

     Parker has worked with the elders of this village to address these issues to both conserve the traditional culture as well as gain access to the benefits of modernity. He has built a Permaculture Center to create artisanal goods for the local surf resorts. Because Parker has worked at the resorts, he knows exactly the products that they have difficulty obtaining due to their remote location. Because of the many benefits of sourcing locally, the resorts initially approached Parker to supply chocolate, soap, coconut oil, spices, sea salt, marketable fruits and vegetables, poultry and pork and he has been able to do it on a small scale. With his Permaculture Center, Parker has begun to scale the production so that the whole village can benefit. The community has plans to use funds from the business to create a maternal health initiative. 

     By supporting this crowdfunding effort you will be helping to document a culture before it disappears as well as creating a sustainable future. Parker has teamed up with Trevor Wallace, an Explorers Club member and Expedition filmmaker. Over the course of a month they will interview the elders in the village recording their oral histories and knowledge of the forest and archiving it for future generations. The documentary film will demonstrate the potential for grassroots community development. Additionally it will show how ecotourism supports indigenous culture and helps raise their standard of living.

Project Budget
Project Budget

Fundamental to Parker and Trevor’s goal is to support both community development and the documentation of the Mentawai culture. The budget and allocation of funds reflects both film production and editing costs as well as building materials and resources for finishing the Permaculture Center which Parker has self funded up until this point. So far he has set up the foundation for a self-sustaining farm that will serve as the platform for further sustainable economic development. The progress he has made includes efficient property design, water harvesting, fruit orchard plantings, long-term timber plantings, and livestock integration. He has built accommodations for travelers who want to learn more about the project or volunteer. Additionally, he has constructed a test kitchen that will be used for cooking and product demonstrations. Only with your help will he be able to finish it and begin implementing the program. 

Mentawai Permaculture Center - Village of Tiop
Mentawai Permaculture Center - Village of Tiop

 

 

Risks and challenges

This documentary will be filmed in one of the most challenging environments on the planet. The remote location is far away from modern comforts of electricity and infrastructure. It is home to numerous venomous snakes, scorpions, crocodiles and malarial mosquitoes. These obvious challenges make filming this project difficult, time consuming, and dangerous. The biggest challenge to making this documentary will be explaining to the local people the importance of sharing their traditional knowledge.

The local host, Parker's family, have built a home in the jungle and are very skilled. Bapak, the head of the household, has many traditional stories to share that explain their cultural development. Teteu, the elder of the clan, still holds the traditional knowledge that we are so interested in documenting. Parker speaks fluent Mentawai and knows the terrain and methods for survival as if it were his own native culture. Along with his family, who are shamans, Trevor and Parker will be protected by good spirits and have access to medicinal healing practices and spiritual ceremonies, which they intend to document.

Trevor Wallace has shot films around the world in a wide variety of environments. From both poles to Everest Base Camp, to the arid plains of southern Kenya, and the jungles of El Salvador, Trevor has specialized in films on indigenous identity. His films have been screened at the Polar Film Festival, the Cannes Short Film Corner, and the Museum of Natural History.

The production crew will be staying at Parker's permaculture center in the village of Tiop where he has set the foundation for an educational center, food forest farm, and craft industry co-op. By staying in this location the crew will be able to capture the collective vision for what is the solution to a sustainable local economy.

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    Masura Bagata (Thank you)

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    Spirit of The Mentawai - Screening

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    Baiko Bracelet, Natural Tree Bark Fiber

    This pledge will earn you a handmade bracelet crafted with an incredibly strong fiber that is made solely from the bark of a unique tree- the Baiko tree. This tree bark is traditionally used to make a cloth that the native Mentawaians used as loin cloths for thousands of years. The tree bark grows back quickly and is incredibly sustainable. The fiber is extremely durable yet soft and the wetter it is the stronger it gets. This fiber was also used for making fishing nets and as the pull string on a hunting bow. These bracelets are one of our example products that we aim to market.
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    "Spirit of the Mentawai" DVD

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    Baiko Bracelet + How it's made + DVD

    This reward includes the Baiko Bracelet crafted from native tree bark. It is spun into fine strands and then crafted into a weaved bracelet. In addition to receiving the bracelet you will receive a video showing how your fiber was crafted all the way from sourcing the tree bark in the jungle, processing into a cloth, and spinning strands to make the string. This is the same material that is traditionally used to fashion loin cloths, it is soft yet durable. By documenting the process from sourcing the materials in the jungle, to making the bracelets, we are documenting traditional cultural methods and integrating a new application. You will also receive the DVD, and a personal shout out in the credits!

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    Louga (wooden paddle)

    Offering this pledge will reward you with a handmade wooden paddle. The "Louga" design has been perfected over millennia and is a symbol of freedom in their environment of waterways and passes through mangrove forests. In addition you will receive a video showing the process from gathering the raw materials in the jungle to shaping with a machete and finishing the paddle.

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    Karanjang (wicker backpack)

    This donation will get you a handmade rattan backpack that is traditionally used for collecting food while foraging and smoking foods inside of over the fire. This item is essential for daily life in a culture where gathering from their natural abundance is a daily occurrence. In addition to the item you will receive a video showing the crafting process from collecting the specific vines in the jungle (each backpack made from 3 different vines), processing the vines, crafting the basket and being put to use in a daily application.

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    Pana Mentawai (hunting bow)

    With this donation you will receive a traditional hunting bow crafted by a mentawai shaman. The "Pana" is a fading craft as the younger generations are not educated on the traditional hunting techniques. There are few elders that still posses the knowledge of crafting these perfectly balanced bows. The process of making a bow is tedious and surrounded by taboos to ensure proper bow function and allow for successful hunting. In addition to the bow you will receive a video that documents the crafting; from collecting the specific wood in the jungle to carving the bow, to producing the cord for the draw string, and includes a shaman testing your bow.

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    Visit The Mentawai Permaculture Center

    You will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to stay with us on the island of Siberut in beautiful tranquil Mentawai! You will get to experience first hand the incredible stimulating environment that is the lush island of Siberut, live amongst the Mentawai Shamans, experience their connection to the land and spiritual world, and even get to enjoy all the recreation the region has to offer - fishing, surfing, jungle treks, waterfalls and more! We will take a trip upriver to visit native tribes living deep in the jungle. See the native techniques and crafts firsthand, you will be invited to join in the way of life that is ultimate freedom. This will be your eye opening experience on the planet earth and connect you with your inner human and spirit. Enjoy the fruits of our forest farm and wander freely in a completely unrestricting and fulfilling environment. 7 nights stay at the Permaculture Center in the village of Tiop. Accommodations and local transportation included. Plane tickets and other travel expenditures not included.

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    The Complete Package

    You are personally responsible for supporting and encouraging the protection of an indigenous culture. This donation will get you all of our hand crafted rewards + the videos that document the production of these items from gathering the raw materials in the jungle to testing the application. This reward will help us to reach our funding goal to make this documentary reality. The first step is documenting the traditional knowledge before it is to late, the next step is educating and offering a solution to the problems. You will personally be creating a huge positive impact on the success and sustainability of our goal.

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    The Ultimate Mentawai Experience

    Not only will we be eternally grateful for your support, you will be personally responsible for the success of our mission. You will receive a full Mentawai experience including staying at our Permaculture center in the village of tiop, fishing in the mangroves, trekking to visit traditional tribes in the jungle, and even spending a few nights in local luxury accomodations with A/C and hot water. You will also receive one of every reward below. 9 nights/10 day stay in Mentawai. Accomodations and local transportation included. Airfare not included.

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