Mah Meri Cultural Village, Carey Island

Recently I got the chance to visit the Mah Meri tribe village in Kampung Bumbun, Carey Island. Actually I’ve never heard of this tribe just until a few years ago. Before that, I never knew they exist and there is so little that I knew about Carey Island.

I was lucky to be selected to join the previous #TSDayOut outing to Kuala Langat, which was organized by Tourism Selangor. This is my 2nd time joining the #TSDayOut event, previously was to Kuala Selangor. It took us about 40 minutes to reach Carey Island from our meeting point in Bangsar.

As we arrived, we were briefed about the Mah Meri Tribe history and about their lifestyle. The tribe is one of the aborigines’ tribe that can be found throughout the Malaysia.

As soon as the briefing ended, a few Mah Meri girls danced their way at the stage while being accompanied by traditional music instruments. I got mesmerized by their dance performance. They performed 3 songs and even invite the audience to join the dance. Yeah, a few of us did join in.

playing the traditional music instruments

the dancers

don’t ask who is this

the mask

The Mah Meri’s are very creative and they have good skills in weaving and also wood carving. They even make good handicrafts. There’s a few handicrafts being sold here such as small purse, bookmark, masks and others.

handicrafts

Next we were brought to 2 huts which served as the place where the woods were carved into masks and sculptures. Some of the masks looks kinda creepy to me. One of the carvers told me that the sculptures are normally designed and carved based on their ancestor’s belief. The sculptures tend to have a great demand from foreigners. I was told that the price for the sculptures could be as high as 1000USD.

fridge magnets anyone?

It was indeed a great experience for me to be able to meet one of the aborigines tribe here. Before this, the only time where I’ve interact with the aborigines is at the cultural village in Sarawak.

For those who plans to visit this place, do check out their website http://mmcv.org.my/ for more info.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Janggel says:

    sungguh kreatif mereka-mereka itu.Kagum!
    Janggel recently posted..Incredible India Part 11: The Beauty Of Taj Mahal, Baby Taj And The Baazar.My Profile

  2. mas says:

    i was there in year 2008.

    they still have the same performance i guess. souvenirs are very cheap especially the wooden craft thingy. geram!

    p/s: nak envy their green eyeshadow.heheee


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