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In the Forest, Women of the Mapur Tribe are Happy (bahasa Indonesia)

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After political reforms in Indonesia in 1998, about 13,565 hectares of forest belonging to the state...

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For Nek Ya, aged about 110, most of her life was in the middle of the Mind. Mapur tribal customary forests in Pejem Hamlet, Gunung Pelawan Village, Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands. Image by Nopri Ismi/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

In the morning, a number of women in Dusun Aik Abik, Gunung Muda Village, Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands, are busy ngetem [harvesting rice] in a thousand square meter field, at the foot of Mount Cundong [300 meters]. Towards noon, five women in a hut on stilts at the foot of Bukit Sumedang [200 meters] rushed to load the grain into a number of sacks, which had just been dried in the sun for about an hour in the cottage yard.

In the sky, a stretch of black clouds was visible. "It's raining, so it's stored first. Tomorrow sunbathing again," said Nek Ma, 60, owner of the cottage, mid-February 2022.


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"This year's rice crop is enough to eat a year. It might be 4-5 sacks [400 kilograms of rice]. But the last few years, our crop has been poor. Many birds and monkeys [Macaca fascicularis Raffles] eat our rice. This is all because the forest is depleted, making it difficult for many animals to find food," said Nek Ma.


Rice fields managed by the Mapur Tribe in Aik Abik Hamlet, amid oil palm plantations and tin mines. Image by Taufik Wijaya/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

Mapur tribal women in Aik Abik Hamlet, Gunung Muda Village, Bangka Regency, meet or harvest rice in gotong royong. Image by Nopri Ismi/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

In the Mapur Tribe, the roles of women and men are the same. Image by Nopri Ismi/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

Nek Ya [110], and her daughter Nek Aso [68], said they live happily in the traditional forest of Benak, Pejem Hamlet, Gunung Pelawan Village, Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands. Image by Nopri Ismi/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

Children in Tuing Hamlet, Mapur Village, Bangka Regency, who returned from school. Image by Nopri Ismi/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

The changing landscape of the indigenous territory of the Mapur Tribe, from forests to palm oil, is a sadness for the women of the Mapur Tribe. Image by Taufik Wijaya/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.