Visiting a Tiny Floating Village in Sulawesi, Borneo

Jan 28, 2018 | Cultures | 0 comments

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch

Isolated from unknown worlds, indigenous peoples have adapted to their environments.  Whether it be the cold arctic, hot desert sands, tropical dense moist jungles or the wet swampy lands of inland Borneo.

A tiny floating village takes shelter from a fast-changing world among the vast areas of grassy wet swamplands.  Caretakers of a hidden culture their lives follow traditional patterns.

For thousands of years many people have lived isolated lives forming tribes or villages in inland areas.  The ways of surviving with handmade goods and raising food have been passed down from ancestors.

Indonesia is the fourth largest nation in the world in population, after China, India and the U.S. The two hundred million people are unevenly distributed over 17,000 islands. Over half have no inhabitants at all.  It is the world’s largest archipelago, which means a large expanse of water with many scattered islands.

Raft villages consist of bamboo huts built on floating log platforms.  Each house is anchored with three long poles buried upright in the shallow swampy water.  The village is surrounded by patches of floating coconut grass which roots itself in the shallow water but constantly uproots with even a gentle breeze as it moves about.  Homes have open doors and windows to allow air to circulate to help cool.  The water provides a natural boundary to protect from any unwanted animals.

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