Yaki information stands!

As most of you may know, our beloved yaki faces a rather unique threat here in North Sulawesi: being hunted for bushmeat. This problem is particularly bad in the lead-up to major holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here in SY, we’ve taken that into consideration and decided to put up information stands in Tomohon and Langowan, our main target for our upcoming Yaki Pride Campaign, just in time for Christmas! These stands are situated close to the markets, which are known for selling a high level of bushmeat, and we hope that through this awareness raising activity we can reach our intended audience more effectively. So far, we’ve held the information stands for three days, Thursday (12/12), Friday (13/12) and Saturday (12/14), and we’ll hold the last day on Saturday (12/21). Here’s the story behind the first day in Langowan!

Seperti yang mungkin kalian sudah tahu, yaki kesayangan kita menghadapi ancaman yang unik di Sulawesi Utara: diburu untuk dijual dagingnya. Ancaman ini semakin parah menjelang hari-hari raya tertentu, seperti Pengucapan dan Natal. Kami di SY telah mempertimbangkan hal tersebut dan memutuskan untuk mengadakan stan informasi di Tomohon dan Langowan, target utama kami untuk Kampanye Kebanggaan Yaki, dalam hari-hari menjelang Natal! Stan ini terletak dekat dengan pasar, yang diketahui menjual daging satwa liar dalam jumlah besar, dan kami berharap kegiatan penyadartahuan ini dapat menjangkau sasaran kampanye kami dengan efektif. Sejauh ini, stan informasi kami telah berjalan selama tiga hari, Kamis (12/12), Jumat (13/12) dan Sabtu (14/12), dan Sabtu ini (21/12) adalah hari terakhir. Ikuti kisah hari pertama kami di Langowan!

Our information stand in the traditional market of Langowan attracted the interest of both young and old! | Stan informasi kami di pasar Langowan menarik perhatian beragam kalangan, tua dan muda!

Our information stand in the traditional market of Langowan attracted the interest of both young and old! | Stan informasi kami di pasar Langowan menarik perhatian beragam kalangan, tua dan muda!

The team’s day started with Yunita and Caroline setting off from Manado nice and early in the morning. An early start is necessary because Langowan is a 90-minute drive from Manado, and it’s best to have the information stand set up and ready to go in the morning, at the peak of people’s market activities.

Tim kami, Yunita dan Caroline, mengawali hari dengan berangkat dari Manado pagi-pagi. Tim perlu berangkat pagi karena butuh waktu kurang lebih 90 menit untuk mencapai Langowan dari Manado, dan stan harus siap dibuka pagi-pagi, saat puncak kegiatan pasar masyarakat.

Our information banner about the yaki spreads our message in a simple yet effective way! | Spanduk informasi tentang yaki menyampaikan pesan kami secara sederhana namun efektif!

Our information banner about the yaki spreads our message in a simple yet effective way! | Spanduk informasi tentang yaki menyampaikan pesan kami secara sederhana namun efektif!

Upon arriving, we were greeted by Kelompok Pencinta Alam Langowan (KPALANG), our partners in Langowan, who had volunteered to help out. The tent was already up, so we got straight to work, putting up the banners first. The information banner hadn’t been up 10 minutes and passers-by were already pausing, or slowing down, to read the information. It was really encouraging to get such quick reaction! We also put up a banner with SLANK’s picture. The idea was that people would know that these music icons supported our cause, and hopefully they’d be motivated to do the same and show their support by signing the banner. We also arranged the items for display – laptop and speakers for the yaki documentary, T-shirts and story books for sale, and a coloring-in station for kids, where they could color their own yaki mask.

Our colouring table draws a lot of interest! | Meja mewarnai kami sangat menarik perhatian!

Our colouring table draws a lot of interest! | Meja mewarnai kami sangat menarik perhatian!

Setibanya di sana, kami disambut Kelompok Pencinta Alam Langowan (KPALANG), mitra kami di Langowan, yang bersedia membantu sebagai sukarelawan. Tenda sudah berdiri, jadi kami langsung bergerak memasang spanduk. Belum 10 menit spanduk informasi dipasang, namun orang-orang yang lewat sudah mulai memperhatikan dan membaca informasi yang tertera. Reaksi yang cepat ini semakin menyemangati kami! Kami juga memasang spanduk dengan foto SLANK. Kami berharap masyarakat akan tahu bahwa ikon-ikon music ini mendukung kami, dan mereka akan tergerak untuk melakukan hal yang sama dan menunjukkan dukungan dengan menandatangani spanduk. Kami juga menata perlengkapan kami yang lain – laptop dan speaker untuk memutar film documenter tentang yaki, kaos dan buku cerita untuk dijual, dan peralatan mewarnai untuk anak-anak, di mana mereka bisa mewarnai sendiri topeng yaki untuk mereka simpan.

Our first signature! Do you support conserving the yaki, just like our ambassadors SLANK? | Tanda tangan pertama! Apakah kamu juga mendukung konservasi yaki, seperti duta kami, SLANK?

Our first signature! Do you support conserving the yaki, just like our ambassadors SLANK? | Tanda tangan pertama! Apakah kamu juga mendukung konservasi yaki, seperti duta kami, SLANK?

It's busy at the markets in light of Christmas! Here's Yunita spreading our campaign stickers to an ojek driver. | Pasar semakin sibuk menjelang Natal! Tampak Yunita membagikan stiker kampanye ke salah satu tukang ojek dekat pasar.

It’s busy at the markets in light of Christmas! Here’s Yunita spreading our campaign stickers to an ojek driver. | Pasar semakin sibuk menjelang Natal! Tampak Yunita membagikan stiker kampanye ke salah satu tukang ojek dekat pasar.

Very soon, a large variety of visitors started dropping by. There were people going to and from the market, high school students, government workers on a lunch break, ojek drivers and shop owners. Later in the afternoon a steady stream of children also came by, and the coloring station became very crowded. Firstly the visitors seemed hesitant, but after casual small talk from Yunita and Caroline and the other volunteers, they were soon engaged in conversation and seemed quite enthusiastic in learning more about the yaki. The yaki documentary also played a big part in attracting attention, because visitors got a chance to see the yaki from a different point of view. The SLANK banner was also a big hit with visitors. So far, over 150 people have signed the banner to show their support for our cause! We are optimistic that these visitors gained new, valuable knowledge through our information stands, and would spread the information to their friends and family.

BBC's video gives a glimpse inside the daily lives of the yaki, living at Tangkoko Nature Reserve. | Video BBC menunjukkan keseharian yaki-yaki di Cagar Alam Tangkoko.

BBC’s video gives a glimpse inside the daily lives of the yaki, living at Tangkoko Nature Reserve. | Video BBC menunjukkan keseharian yaki-yaki di Cagar Alam Tangkoko.

Pengunjung pun segera berdatangan. Ada yang menuju ke atau kembali dari pasar, siswa-siswa SMA, pegawai negeri yang sedang istirahat makan, tukang ojek, dan pemilik toko. Saat hari semakin siang, anak-anak pun semakin ramai berdatangan, dan meja mewarnai menjadi sangat penuh. Pada awalnya para pengunjung agak malu-malu, namun setelah percakapan santai bersama Yunita dan Caroline dan para sukarelawan lain, mereka segera menjadi tertarik dan bersemangat bertanya-tanya mengenai yaki. Film documenter tentang yaki juga berperan penting dalam menarik perhatian, karena para pengunjung bisa melihat yaki dari sudut pandang yang berbeda. Spanduk SLANK juga sangat popular di antara para pengunjung. Sudah lebih 150 orang yang menandatangani spanduk kami untuk menunjukkan dukungan mereka! Kami optimis para pengunjung ini memperoleh informasi baru yang berharga melalui stan informasi kami, dan akan menyebarkan informasi ini pada keluarga dan teman-teman mereka.

A round of applause to this brother and sister, our first ambassadors for the day! | Tepuk tangan untuk kakak-adik ini, duta pertama kami hari ini!

A round of applause to this brother and sister, our first ambassadors for the day! | Tepuk tangan untuk kakak-adik ini, duta pertama kami hari ini!

Our fantastic team of volunteers for today; the members of Nature Lovers Club of Langowan! | Tim sukarelawan kami yang hebat; para anggota Kelompok Pencinta Alam Langowan!

Our fantastic team of volunteers for today; the members of Nature Lovers Club of Langowan! | Tim sukarelawan kami yang hebat; para anggota Kelompok Pencinta Alam Langowan!

In what felt like no time at all, it was late afternoon and the SY team had to return to Manado. It was a tiring day, but it was worth it! A great big thank you to KPALANG for being such a big help. We’ll see you again soon!

Tidak terasa, hari semakin sore dan tim SY harus kembali ke Manado. Hari yang sangat melelahkan, namun sepadan dengan semangat dan dukungan yang kami rasakan. Terima kasih banyak pada KPALANG yang sudah sangat membantu. Sampai jumpa lagi!

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