Thursday, June 03, 2010

Performing for the Mentawai

Hard to believe?
Thierry and Jörn performing 'The Crow and The Fox' by Jean de La Fontaine, in a version adapted to the universe of the Mentawai: A shaman is walking in the forest, holding his lunch of baked sago in his hand. A monkey comes, grabs the sago and climbs to the top of a tree to eat it. But he shaman is clever. He--Mentawai shamans always smoke--starts flattering the monkey, so much so that the monkey drops the precious sago like the crow drops the cheese in de La Fontaine's fable. The shaman has his lunch again.
Check out the chiseled teeth of one of the laughing ladies.

Butui, Siberut, West-Sumatra, January 2009.

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At June 7, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Blogger Sylvie + family said...

I definitely looooove your version. wanna come to Colombo to perform it for my kids'school ? pleaaaaaaase ( you can't see it from there but I do my Shrek Kitty Banderas impersonation ).

At June 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM, Blogger brommel said...


Any shamans in Colombo?



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