Photographer's Note

Back from a 15-days trip in French Guyana, a little bit of France in South America...

Here we are on the Maroni, the large river that symbolize the border between French Guyana and Surinam. The river is a world apart, buzzing with life and activity (legal and less legal!). There are many villages on the river banks, reachable only by canoe (if you know a more appropriate English word for these boats, please let me know).

Canoes are the local SUV, the only possible transportation. They can have all size (the biggest can carry a car!). They are often still built according to traditional methods, all in wood, with a whole tree trunk, empty and burnt, to make the bottom. The rounded shape of rear and front are characteristic of the "black" populations (populations founded by former slaves when they escaped in the XIXth century), which are quite numerous on the Maroni. The hole in the canoe on the left is meant for the engine.

Traditional paintings are becoming less frequent and the wood is often left bare. Sometimes even aluminium-built canoe are replacing the wooden ones, but this is less frequent (they cost a lot of money).

Children learn very early to become familiar with these boats! :^)

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