August 19, 2014

The Sea Life

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

The Bajau of Malaysia fish and dive for almost everything they eat. Some live in houses on the beach or on stilts; others have no homes but their boats.

Her face dusted in bedak sejuk, a cooling powder made of rice and pandan leaves, Alpaida paddles out to visit friends in stilt houses. The teen and her family belong to the tribal group known as the Sea Bajau because they live year-round on their lepa-lepas, handmade houseboats.

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23 comments
Irma Oppliger
Irma Oppliger

Fantastica la imagen..vivir asi no debe ser nada de facil..y me pregunto porque sus viviendas estan en el agua construidas..no hay tierra firme?..veo palafitos  abandonados...

Tex Vel
Tex Vel

Beautiful picture...but is the photographer sure that this picture was not taken in the Sulu archipelago in the southern Philippines?..seems that I has seen this view 3 years ago in Sulu.

Janice H.
Janice H.

A humbling, beautiful portrait of life in another place.       Fascinating photograph.        

Mark River
Mark River

The sea is so giving. They have everything they need!

Shannon T
Shannon T

That water is lovely. They may not have the most luxurious houses but what a view.

Lili Lilimesse
Lili Lilimesse

راتع جدا وجميل المنظلر ببساطة العيشة وجمال الطبيعة

Michael Alsup
Michael Alsup

It's a wonderful thing to be able to see how other people live on this planet. All cultures have lived their lives for thousands of years and have survived. NG has brought a lot of different people to eyes of the world. And that I thank them.

C L
C L

Feliz día del fotógrafo!, y maravillosa fotografía, maravilloso paisaje


Darajat Aje
Darajat Aje

Bajau tribe is a tribe native land Sulu, southern Philippines. This tribe is a nomadic tribe who live on the sea, so-called sea gypsies. Ethnic Bajau Sama-Bajau language. Bajau tribe since hundreds of years ago has spread to Sabah country and various parts of Indonesia. Bajau tribe is also a country boy in Sabah. The tribes in Borneo is expected to migrate from the north (Philippines) in prehistoric times. Muslim Bajau tribe is the last wave of migration from the north coast of Borneo which entered East Kalimantan to South Kalimantan and occupied the surrounding islands, earlier than the arrival of the Muslim tribes of the clump Bugis Bugis, Makassar tribe, tribal Mandar. Currently, the Bajau tribe spread almost all over the Indonesian archipelago (especially East Indonesia), even to Madagascar. Most Bajau tribe who began spreading settle down and mingle with other tribes.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What an interesting picture, of an interesting place. Those little houses seem frail and easy to be blown away in even a weak gale. Yet these people have lived this way for all of their lives,so what do I know? Crystal waters with the lone colorful girl, and her home made 'sunscreen' A good morning opener.  j.e.s.........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The composition and color is amazing.  It is almost as if someone said, here wear this, the pants will blend into the patterns of the water and the shirt will  contrast.  The dust on her face is like a reflection of the clouds.  It is artistically beautiful.  Then the subject matter. . .  My gosh, what a life.  It is so serene and peaceful in the photo but I imagine things must change dramatically during storms and those clouds look a little foreboding.

Rod Pujante
Rod Pujante

@Tex Vel The Bajaus roam the seas.  They are all over the Philippines.  They learn to swim before they walk.

Uno Cloud
Uno Cloud

There's no storm visiting in the southern parts of the Philippines thats whay they survived there for thousands of year's.

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