18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

Bajau Laut children having fun at the sea, right in front of their homes, jumping repeatedly into the sea from the wooden canoe they row. They were called gypsies of the sea, without citizenships, electricity, couldn't go to school, and excluded from many aspects of modern life. As early as the 15th century, the Bajau Laut moved around freely in the Sulu Zone. Many chose to stay on land in the emerging nation-states, while others chose to roam free at sea.

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Date Uploaded: 11.2020
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