Saujana Sumpu

Yoppy Pieter

 
 Lonely Asnah. Her daily activity is mostly tending to her
pet and livestock as her son has settled in an urban area in
search of business opportunities.
 

Sumpu is a contemporary Minangkabau village at the vicinity of Lake Singkarak in West Sumatera, Indonesia. Since decades ago, the people have migrated from the village and became a part of Indonesia’s urban population leaving it crumbles through the passage of time.

Sumpu is easily perceived as a story of a forsaken village that has lost its way and now merely stands as a remnant of its glorious past
 A bull in front of rumah gadang. According to the tale of
Minangkabau, a bullhorn-like roof symbolizes the glory of
the community.
 A fisherman rowing his boat on Lake Singkarak
 A boy diving in the clear water of Lake Singarak. This is
how the children of Sumpu embrace the joy of living in their
beautiful village
 Sasmiati and her granddaughter begin their da by bathing on the edge of the lake. Her daughter’s family homecoming fills her house with happiness.
 The bamboos are used to hold the wall of Rumah Gadang.

Rural migration has reached a whole new level in Minangkabau culture, abandoning its primordial roots in the process. Sumpu, through its cultural landscape, has somehow managed to immortalize this phenomenon.

Rural migration has reached a whole new level in Minangkabau culture, abandoning its primordial roots in the process.

Sumpu is easily perceived as a story of a forsaken village that has lost its way and now merely stands as a remnant of its glorious past. A heartbreaking story of a land that for hundreds of years has given birth to tough, hardworking migrants. It is the story of the slow decline of a cultural heritage, quietly destroying the identity of the Minangkabaus

 Old portraits of the ancentors of Datuk Basa Nan Tinggi from before the 20th century.
 Insects flying over the coconut plantation. In Sumpu, agricultural is a promising business for its people.