Life in the Jungle

Posted by on August 23, 2011

During our stay, Ed tried to integrate us into daily life a bit to get an idea of what daily life and chores are like for the Mentawians.

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One day, we went fishing with the women in the family to watch as they pulled shrimp and crabs out from overhanging banks with a pretty standard fishing net.

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That same day I went on an expedition to find grubs with the kids, who apparently really enjoy the grubs when they’re at their freshest most wriggly.

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For out last night in the jungle we trekked to a different house a few hours away.

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Our guide for the hike, who lived nearby, later gave us a look at traditional canoe-carving as well as letting us shoot his bow.  We were all pretty terrible.

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I’d like to see one of those bows take down a forest monkey, though.

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2 Responses to Life in the Jungle

  1. Nan

    Sounds like you had the real experience of those host!! Not too many people get to go through a real day in those peoples lives. I know some day you will write a really good story about this time of your life.

    • slioy

      Yep, it was one of the cooler little excursions I’ve done. I’d happily go back and visit them again.

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