08.11.2016 - 08.11.2016
Seeing the lives of someone else, is also (ironically) life changing. Especially when they live in a different city, different country, and with different resources. The "Orang-Asli" tribe. "Orang Asli" in Malay, translates to "original people." They are part of the indigenous tribes in Malaysia. When we visited them, they stayed in small, wooden and straw huts, with sharp rocks, muddy dirt and dry sand all over the place. The members of the tribe looked shy to us and I remember some showing worry in their faces. I felt sympathy for them, however, we were not going to hurt or frighten them, on the contrary we paid to fundraise for them.
All the houses looked very fragile and unstable to stay in. They had this one huge straw platform where they performed a dance for us. It was different from the vibe you would get from the houses around, the people in the houses were shy, though the dance seemed very welcoming. We had a guide to tell us more about the tribe, and you would think that they would only have a couple of huts, a platform and a few bathrooms, But no, they had frequently much more, they had boats to go hunting and send the kids to school in. It wasn’t the small things that they needed, but more of the things that would make a larger impact (petrol, or specific hygiene that makes a massive difference).
Visiting the tribe is something unexplainable, you couldn't understand the different aspects just from reading a short article about it, I should know, I wrote it.
Learning the lifestyle of the tribe was hard for me to fathom, because there were so many unanswered questions. But watching the ways they worked, watching the ways they played, watching the ways they communicated was a huge step to understand how their world works. Hearing about the tribe isn’t the most exhilarating piece of information, when you hear and learn about them, you understand more. But then, visiting the tribe, it’s a whole new level of excitement!
Learning the lifestyle of a tribe that I had no idea about, there were no bad experiences from it. I got positive thoughts and experiences, which would probably happen if you ever visit them.