We’ve opened Tribes Frankfurt Central Station in May 2018 and although our Chief & Founder Eduard Schaepman loved the idea of free diving from the building, we wanted to keep him in one piece a bit longer. The Vanuatu from the Vanuatu Island may dive from a large wooden tower without any safety lines, but they don’t have to land in hard concrete...!
The Vanuatu people live on the Vanuatu archipelago, the Republic of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Caledonia, east of Australia and west of Fiji. The Republic consists of 82 small islands, with fourteen main islands in a Y-shaped chain. Vanuatu is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Besides the Vanuatu and other Pacific Island people, there are many small other tribes. The estimated 2018 population of all islands is 282.117.
Vanuatu is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. They have many special customs, but there’s one that literally over towers all the others: land diving. It’s a ceremonial jump of a high self-built wooden tower, to celebrate the harvest of yam beans and to gain prestige.
Jumping is an action that significantly requires more courage than a normal bungee jump, of which this is actually the predecessor. Because this is not with an ordinary rope. Indeed, a rope that is actually just a little too long. And not above weather, what will break your fall when it is needed, but above land.
So, the fact that you need courage for this, is actually an understatement… at this location everything is dominated by that leap into the deep. Taking risks, without knowing where it ends. As an entrepreneur, you are not afraid of the danger, but take on challenges. You don’t shy away from things easily. You are fearless. Characteristics that an entrepreneur needs to be successful! In short; you need to be inspired by fearlessness, just like the Vanuatu!