Many people (French and other non-Mahorais folk) have commented on the lack of welcome they feel here in Mayotte, on the rudeness, or lack of hospitality on the part of the natives. J and I haven't ever really remarked it; perhaps because we pretty much keep to ourselves and tend to treat others as we expect to be treated. Anyhow, the south has a reputation for being more authentic culture-wise (hence more closed), but we haven't gotten this impression from villages down there before. However, Choungi is a bit isolated, so perhaps there are few foreigners living there (yet I know plenty of mouzoungous pass through to climb the peak).
Sadly, there was no "Look at the people with a different skin color" feeling to it. It was very aggressive. Julien summed it up perfectly when he said, "I feel we aren't wanted here."
*I've been on the lookout for a good quern stone ever since Sakina showed me how they make their masalas. Mortars and pestles just don't cut it, or grind it, as the case may be. Luckily I spied the stone near the bottom of the path. ^_^ Now I need to find a nice rounded handstone and I'm in business.