Jawi Jawi Community Based Tourism


Based on the concept of Community Based Tourism, the people of Jawi-Jawi plays an important role in developing and operating this cultural tourist destination with a purpose of empowering them as well. The concept of cultural village also emphasized on empowering the mentality of the people itself. One of the example is the homestay management—Rumah Gadang Datuak Rajo Nan Putiah—which is operated by locals.

The concept of cultural village is one the effort of elevating the understanding of the people who lives in a tourist destination about the tourism, cultivating the existing cultural values, and improving the economics of the people itself. The understanding as a tourist destination will arise since the people will realize how important their contribution to the development of tourism in their respective community. The locals will also realize how important their role in cultivating cultural values such as traditional dances, traditional games, and other form of traditional art. With this concept of Slow Tourism, the locals will be prepared to show their unique local traditions such as traditional dances and randai—a traditional theatrical performance. 
There are many distinctive attributes in Jawi-Jawi, including TIngkuluak—a traditional headdress. Visitors can feel the traditional experience by wearing the traditional costume with the purpose of truly living like locals. Female visitors can wear a batik skirt and tingkluakas a headdress and the male visitors can wear kupiah—a traditional hat and sarung.

Before any exploration begin, visitors will be briefed in a Rumah Gadang which serves as the Tourist Information Center about Jawi-Jawi and the itineraries during the visit. The visitors also will be explained about the benefits that they will receive during their stay. Moreover, the visitors will get to taste the authentic local dishes with Slow Food concept which is very distinct to the typical food from the cities. Slow Food can be categorized as a healthier meal since the lack of artificial preservatives with a taste beyond compare. The interaction with locals will also vary, ranging from learning traditional dances and having dinner in Rumah Gadang with the local leaders.