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Person of the Forest

Wherever we travel we try to create music inspired by the tribe and environment and when we can we also record the music we discover. We made these recordings in Borneo.

This is the music we recorded with the Penan tribe in Borneo...

Penan Tribe Music
Penan Tribe Music
Penan Tribe Music
Penan Tribe Music
Penan Tribe Music
Penan Tribe Music
Penan Tribe Music

This is the music we performed in Borneo...

Contemporary composer Jake Thorpe composed a new piece of music inspired by the orangutans and the translation of their name 'Person of the Forest'. Martha-Lilly played this new piece of music to the Penan children and the tribal chiefs in Batu Bungan, Mulu. The reaction from the Penan was wonderful, with the sounds and feelings being described as exactly like the call of the orangutan in the rainforest. We hope you will play this music for your class and ask them to think about being an orangutan gently feeding or resting in the rainforest canopy.

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Now it's your turn...

Encourage your children to make an exceptional piece of art inspired by the Amazon, something they will be proud of and they can exhibit at home on the wall or fridge door for years and to the world to bear witness to what we all stand to lose on the

This process will help to create a love for the subject and we hope the children will choose to tread gently on our planet as they grow older once they have a personal link to the Amazon, the Yawanawá tribe and the amazing rainforest.


Will they really want to eat chicken fed by soya grown on cut rainforest and beef raised on slash and burn land once they now it is destroying the home of Nixiwaka and his people and our climate?

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