Disappearing Moken IndigenousPeoples

  • Photographer
    Dorte Verner
  • Prize
    1st Place / Event/Traditions and Cultures
  • Company/Studios
  • Date of Photograph
    November 3-6, 2016
  • Technical Info
    Nikon D810

The approximately 1,000 Moken indigenous peoples and their lifestyle and traditions are disappearing slowly. They are the only nomadic fishermen and women we have globally. They are loosing their fishing related skills, including boat building, spear fishing, and fish drying. The diving for food has made the Moken able to see better underwater than the rest of us, as they can change the visual focus. Moken children, women and men used to have a fully outdoor lifestyle. This is now under threat. The majority of Moken are now settled in communities and the men have left to work on Thai fishing boats. The tribe is slowly disappearing and we are all loosing important knowledge. These photographs were captured in in the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar.

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