Book Launch: The Jungle School by Butet Manurung
Bogong Theatre, Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
The Jungle School, adapted from the personal diaries kept during her first year in the jungles of Sumatra, tells of Butet Manurung’s journey from outsider, to trusted teacher, friend and advocate of the hunter gatherer Orang Rimba (People of the Forest) and her adventures along the way. Being attacked by killer bees and poisonous ants, learning to hunt and build her own house and being chased by bears were all in a day’s work… or play. Spending nine years in the forest, Butet co-founded the NGO SOKOLA, through which she continues to educate and advocate for isolated indigenous Indonesians struggling to come to terms with the changes brought by development. Recognised by a host of international awards, including Time Magazine’s Hero of Asia in 2004, and more recently the Ernst and Young’s Indonesia Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, come and join Butet an intimate conversation about a remarkable people and efforts to preserve their fast disappearing way of life. Purchase of the book will go directly to SOKOLA Foundation, supporting existing indigenous Indonesian communities in developing reading, writing and life skills. To be launched by the Indonesia Ambassador (TBC) Indonesian dance, music and food will be provided. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 22 February.