This is Wati, one of my favorite Menyans–certainly my favorite seven-fingered Menyan. I’ve been meeting with him twice a week to learn language. He’s patient and he doesn’t call me stupid. He satisfies all my language-tutor-criteria.
Last week we walked about half an hour to one of his gardens where he’s been staying with his family for a couple of weeks. They’ve been clearing ground to plant. Above is the burning part of slash-and-burn. Below is the house Wati, his wife and five of his children have been sleeping in. (Look closely and you can see the roof is patched with orange plastic I gave him when my house didn’t need it anymore.)
Before I left him, Wati picked some greens for me to take home. He meticulously selected only the best parts. I’m just glad he knows what’s edible.