Sun, 13 Jun 2004

Riding the waves

Boats are not for a leisurely ride on the lake for the Biak people in Papua, but the essential mode of transportation for their daily needs.

Here, boats take the place of motorbikes or cars in urban areas. People need them when they go fishing in the open sea, ferry their children to school or even when playing.

As day breaks or night falls, the boats are a fixture in witnessing the changing colors, be it blue in the morning or red when the sun sets in the evening.

In a region famed for its rich art and culture as well as natural resources, boats also play their part.

-- Text and photos by P.J. Leo