Wungun Forest Keeper, Berau, East Kalimantan
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Marsiti - Wungun Forest Protector, Berau, East Kalimantan

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Long Duhung, one of the villages in Kelay sub-district, Berau, East Kalimantan, apparently has wisdom that is stored deep in remote Borneo. That's where the Mapnan community lives, which until now has struggled to get recognition and management rights over forests, which have been sacred from generation to generation. The forest area is named Wungun which stores history and stories of the past, about the stories of the ancestors of the Mapnan Man. Mapnan Man is a Dayak community that belongs to the Punan Dayak group. There lives Ibu Marsiti, a Mapnan woman who has become part of a women's group that routinely patrols the Wungun Forest area - a forest area of 1,400 hectares.

Ibu Marsiti, like the other Mapnan people in Long Duhung, is closely related to nature, because nature seems to be fused in their veins. Together with other Mapnan people, Ibu Marsiti, wants to continue the story of her ancestors, to fight with other Long Duhung residents, to maintain what is the legacy of her ancestors.

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