The Whale Beach
While I waiting the bus, I look back the 4 days.
I have had questions. Firstly "The 50 or more boats are whose property?" Secondly "Fishes and whales that the boat brings back is whose property?" I could not talk to them in their language so I'm not sure. But gathering from the fact fishes and the manta are squarely distributed to the people and whale meats are hung in every house in the village, the products from the sea must be a property of all.
When I read the article on Lamalera, I can hardly believe that residents life is still owe on the barter trade. I thought there is the proviso like "Now a days of the 21st Century, the actual life style are changing. Numbers who owe on the whales are decreasing" However their actual life is same as the article described. For Lamalera people, a whale occupied major part of the life.
During my stay, there are one funeral and one fighting. Yeah, fighting. On the peaceful Whale Beach, suddenly it began between one fisherman and the three. I was described the piled frustration was exploded. The both side are soothed. But the one fisherman could not control the anger and shouted on the street for a while. For me the people looks well know and corporate each other, although it's happen they clash head to head.
There is no police station in the village. Anger, sadness, happiness ... everything is shared and solved in the community. Ah, I also heard about the matching party in which young people find the partner. Rural community has same issue for the future all over the world.
I must put one thing in the end. International animal protection movement may effect to Lamalera. I felt the fishermen became sensitive. Of course they never mentioned it openly. But I felt it, especially when they captured the manta ray.
However "Whale hunting of Lamalera should be kept as a traditional culture" or "It's a vice to kill marine lives" is the opinion of people who have the luxury of life. The fishermen never think they hunt the whales for a traditional culture. Instead they hunt the whale for living.
The people who used to be a whale or a buffalo hunters now stands on animal protection side and protest to the people who still hunting in primitive way. If they take pride in more sophisticated and advanced people, please give the knowledge which they learn from the past fail to the people in Lamalera. And suggest them exact business model that they can survive without the whale meat.
Without showing a right way and just making pressure on the hunting, because it's not match to modern standard, it must be wrong. Must give affection to the people same to the animals.
The small fishing ground is the all of Lamalera's property. People know excessive hunting will be rebound on their life. In fact, I didn't see even tiny trash on the Whale Beach while other Indonesian beach is bothered by dumping...