Outrigger Canoes of Bali and Madura, Indonesia

Centuries of evolution have produced Indonesian outrigger canoes that are superbly functional and beautifully crafted. These canoes are fashioned of natural materials and, because of their flexible design, can withstand the continual punishment of wind and waves. This is a book about these sailing crafts—where they came from, how they are built, and how they are rigged and sailed. It is also a book about the lifestyles and individuality of the maritime communities, and the pride that villagers take in the beauty and design of their boats. For hundreds of thousands of Indonesian fishermen and their families, these canoes are a lifeline. The canoes are intimately intertwined with the lives of the people, and strong traditions prescribe how a canoe must be built and launched. Elaborate ceremonies are conducted to attract the “life-spirit” that dwells within a boat, including the symbolic wedding of its “male” and “female” parts. Recognizing that these canoes and their ancient traditions were fast disappearing, Adrian Horridge traveled throughout Indonesia talking to the fishermen and boat-builders themselves and making personal observations. He also studied canoe models and literature in museums and libraries around the world. The result is a book, richly illustrated with photographs and line drawings, that describes canoe design and construction and provides colorful accounts of the traditional ceremonies.

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Adrian Horridge
ISBN: 0-930897-20-X
Price: $11.95
Date of Publication: 1987
Size: 7 x 9.5
Pages: 178
Binding: cloth