Sikerei Amanggaresik had no longer hunt to survive like his ancestors did, the men had no longer mix several herbs to create poisonous arrows for hunting, the women had no longer catching fish in the river for meals, the younger generation of Mentawai people had no longer use kabit (loincloth made from the bark of a tree). But sikerei still remembered the old tradition like his father taught him, all the way back to the line of his ancestors. He showed us, outsiders, a glimpse of an old tribal life.
The old tradition probably had lost its practical use now, the age of hunter-gatherer life had passed. But few Mentawai people today, especially sikerei, like Sikerei Amanggaresik, still preserves it, he must, for he is one of the last guardians of Mentawai tradition, the last defender of his ancient and noble heritage. The tradition was the reason why their ancestors had survived and lived in harmony with mother nature for hundreds of generations before the dawn of modern age.