Rote Island (02:41)
Rote is the southernmost Indonesian island; the Lontar palm is a crucial part of island life. Village healer Jonas Saleh collects leaves and sugar water from the tree.
Village Healer (03:49)
Saleh uses sugar water from the Lontar palm flower to treat sores; it is the basis of traditional medicine. Saleh examines a man with a fever and cough; Bernard Fontanille checks his pulse.
Traditional Treatment (02:24)
Saleh prepares an infusion and uses a combination of plants and prayers to treat the patient with a fever.
Disease with Feet (03:21)
Saleh and Fontanille travel to an isle off the coast to see a patient. Saleh uses a shallot to determine the origin of her ailment— she is confident Saleh can heal her.
Duty to Heal (02:15)
Saleh explains why he crosses the seas to treat people; he does not charge for his services.
Bone Setter (02:23)
Joseph Lingus gathers algae at low tide. He treats many people in his village without asking for money.
Healing Massage (03:51)
Lingus treats a man with a dislocated shoulder. He explains how he treats fractures and shows Fontanille how to prepare a concoction that he uses underneath a bark brace.
Healthy Enough to Travel (02:29)
Fontanille reflects on the healers of Rote Island. He makes a return visit Jonas' patient that had a fever and cough and examines him; he is ready to go to the hospital.
Human Connection (02:21)
Fontanille shares the legend of the Lontar palm. Saleh considers who will heal the islanders when he is old; he will be sad when Fontanille leaves.
Credits: Indonesia I: The Lontar Men—World Medicine (00:30)
Credits: Indonesia I: The Lontar Men—World Medicine
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