Photographer's Note

Also known as Sea Gypsies, Sea Bajau children paddling boat off the east side of Maiga Island. The water is in fact shallow but on the sea bed, hard corals and pointed objecs make it painful to walk, but children are so used to a boat as if it is an extension of limb to them. I probably need a good lesson from them on how to use the boat. You can see the weed and palm leaf beneath the crystal clear sea water. Calm water, no ripples or waves.

The stilted hut behind is a typical dwelling unit, surely very cooling to stay inside at night. I find this angle quite interesting to shoot the children in foreground. Even though hazy afternoon with a dull sky, but I am pleased to find the water and horizon almost seemless and matching in color, save for a thin line. When the tide ebb lower, you can virtually see a thin line of fine sand leading out far into the sea.

Thank you for viewing. Regards, Bill

The Bajau, (also written as Badjao, Badjaw or Badjau) are an indigenous ethnic group the Philippines and in parts of Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak. Although the majority of the Bajau live in the Philippines, due to unrest in their native Sulu Archipelago, in the southern part of the country, many Bajau had migrated to neighbouring Malaysia over the course of 40 years, where currently they are the second largest ethnic group in the state of Sabah, making up 13.4%[1] of the total population. They were sometimes referred to as the Sea Gypsies, although the term has been used to encompass a number of non-related ethnic groups with similar traditional lifestyles, such as the Samadilaut and Jama Mapun peoples of the Southern Philippines. The Bajau of Indonesia live primarily on the islands and in the coastal districts of Sulawesi. The modern outward spread of the Bajau from older inhabited areas seems to have been associated with the development of sea trade in trepang.

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