Rumah Budaya Sumba

Rumah Budaya Sumba

Get the lowdown on the tall roofs

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Been visiting villages and not quite sure what it’s all about? Get the lowdown from the very knowledgeable priests at Lembaga Studi and Pelestarian Budaya Sumba (Sumba Cultural Research and Conservation Institute) who run Rumah Budaya Sumba, a small cultural museum.
Travelfish says:

The centre’s core purpose is to preserve the culture of Sumba, and through donations they have so far helped locals build 78 traditional houses. The cultural centre was begun by Father Robert Ramone of the Catholic Redemptorist order, who among other talents is a keen photographer. Packs of postcards and a coffee-table book of Sumba he produced are on sale at the centre. Father Robert was away when we visited, however another very well informed priest, Father Matius (T: (0813) 9142 3294) showed us around the small but interesting collection.

The museum is built in the style of a traditional Sumbanese house and surrounding grounds are dotted with Marapu stone carvings. Among other artefacts, the collection includes ikat, stone and wood carvings, traditional jewellery, and a handful of everyday items. Not much is labelled, and the collection is more interesting accompanied by one of the scholarly priests.

Entry to the museum is by donation, and no photography is permitted inside. The centre is well worth a short stop on your way to Pero or the Kodi region, or you can stay here — the centre offers comfortable bungalow-style accommodation. Rumah Budaya Sumba is three kilometres west from the centre of Waitabula.

Contact details for Rumah Budaya Sumba

Address: 3km west of Waitabula
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º12'53.26" E, 9º26'4.41" S
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