Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sea Bajau

If the Bajau tribes of Kota Belud are known for their horse-riding prowess, the Bajau Laut of Semporna are known for their seafaring skills. Bajau laut are usually known as the sea gypsy people, a term normally associated with the island people of the Pacific, especially in the southern Philippines area and other smaller islands. They lived in ocean on their make-shift house boats and coastal area with their houses built on stilts. The ocean is still their main source of living - fishing, collecting clams and mussels, even pearl farming in the remote islands off Semporna. I was blessed to be able to photograph the Sea Bajau - spending 2 days with them and took hundres of pictures!

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