Central Sulawesi photo album
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Elders ready to conduct welcome ceremony
Women in their traditional dress sing a song of welcome
A chicken is offered to the visitors
Some information about the village
1100 population. Desa (village) consists of 5 districts
Local produce is sweet potato, corn and cassava, chickens and pigs are kept. Pigs are slaughtered on special occasions.
Local houses traditionally made of thatched roves, timber and rattan walls
Cacao is the cash crop
There is a school, a church and a meeting hall.
Transport in is by motorbike only (ojek) there are a several small shops.
A trader with a shop on his motorbike brings vegetables and other necessities
Some footpaths are paved.
The traditional welcome involves the elders in traditional dress meeting at the village entrance. They place a traditional scarf on the visitors head and then a chicken.
The women dance and sing and offer the visitors a necklace made from palm leaves which encase an egg
Travelling to polelea is about 4 hours, 2 in a car to Gimpu, then ojek into the mountains. The bike trip takes about 2.5 hours and crosses several rivers.
The climate is mild.
The height is approximately 2000 m above sea level.
Corn is a staple food and grown locally
Is grown locally and steamed
This villager is showing us a basket of cacao seeds ready to be dried.
Opening a cacao fruit
Reveals the seeds inside
Drying the cacao
The seeds are placed on a mat to dry and ferment. Look up some more information about cacao to include
In need of renovation.
These are the kids who participated in the project. There were some boys that weren't there, they were in Kantewu at the soccer.
Inside the school
We gave each child a school bag, pencils and books on the day we visited