Fighting, Armed by The Map of Customary Territory

Fighting, Armed by The Map of Customary Territory

Onme – Onme Hai Pah Ma Hai Nifu
Tpao Mat Panai Pah Ma Nifu Neo Sufa-Ka’uf
” Whatever happens, this land will remain to be our customary territory. And. we are determined to keep it for our future generations”

The words above must have some magical power for the members Atoin Melo Tribe in the District of North Mollo, South Central Timor/Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) Regency. During customary meetings discussing the future of the tribe, uttering these words enable them to cast away any doubts and pessimism that sometimes engulf members of the indigenous group. Just like the flames that ignite and burn their spirit.

These words are not an empty slogan, they have gone through a historic process and it will continue to be remembered by the members of the Atoin Meto Indigenous People which is commonly referred to as The Mollos. It was a triumph for them when they managed to expel a marble mining company which had seized and tore apart their customary land.

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