Ant’s Nest, a Power of Nature from National Park of Wasur, Merauke

goodmorningpapua.com – Wasur Kampung is an area located in the Merauke National Park area. Wasur Kampung is inhabited by the Marori Manggey Tribe, a sub-tribe of the Marind Tribe.

The Marori Mange tribe is one of the tribes that is almost getting extinct. Based on the number of individuals, this tribe is still quite a lot, for about 500 people. However, related to local culture and language, the Menggey Marori Tribe is in the endangered category.

This was conveyed by Agustinus Mahuze, a young leader of the Manggey Marori Tribe who is also a Research Assistant for the Language Documentation Program from I Wayan Arka, a Linguist Professor from The Australian National University.

According to Agustinus, the number of people speaking the language of the Marori Manggey Tribe is small, estimated at only 13 people. Meanwhile, in terms of art and culture, just one person is still mastering it.

The Marori Manggey tribe in their daily life is nomadic. Relying on natural resources in the forest, like most Papuan tribes. The Marory Manggey tribe now lives side by side in the Wasur National Park area.

The national park area is their source of livelihood. Not surprisingly, part of the Wasur National Park area that borders Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a forest (hamlet) belonging to this tribe.

Researcher for Economic Management at Musamus University (Unmus) Merauke Agus Candra revealed that the Marori people rely on forests as a source of life. The forest is in the area of ​​a national park.

The natural wealth in the national park area is so abundant. It is needed for assistance and willingness to advance the economy of the Marori community in managing natural resources.

“The natural wealth of national parks is so abundant, many of which can be processed as mainstay products. For example, eucalyptus oil leaves, snakehead fish and ant nests. These can all be managed into modern products that can compete with other products,” said Agus Candra.

Agus said that research on economic management of residents in national planting areas has often been carried out, including the Marori people. This research covers natural resources, natural resource utilization, natural resource management, and superior product management.

“This research is inspired by a sense of concern for the community. There are many natural resources but they have not been able to be managed properly,” said Agus.

At the XX Papua National Sports Week (PON), sales of herbal teabags for ant nests reached 1,600 packs. “Yesterday’s PON our sales reached that figure. One pack contains 20 tea bags with a selling price of 25 thousand per pack,” said Emeliana.

The earnings from product sales are divided among group members based on the presence list.

“We usually spend the earnings from the sale first for production costs, then we divide the rest to group members, it’s a kind of work fee,” she said.

Currently, Emeliana and her members are no longer living with moving from one hamlet to another for searching food. This business group is now focusing on making tea bags using ant nests as raw materials.

“Yes, we are grateful, we are no longer in the forest for days just looking for food. Now we have a permanent business that can help our economy,” said Emeliana.

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