Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Making dugout canoes at Lugu Lake, 1994

lugucanoe, originally uploaded by mutikonka.

When I first visited Lugu lake it was already gearing up for the influx of tourists. At that time there were one or two homestay style guesthouses where you kipped in simple rooms by the shore. That was it. I understand now that tourism is big business in Lugu lake and some of the guesthouses look like Las Vegas casinos (OK I'm exaggerating, but you get the idea).

One of the tourists things is to ride out to the island on a canoe. When I saw the locals paddlling out in these dugouts to catch their daily quota of sprats they reminded me of maori in their waka canoes, songs and all.

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