Above is a controversial statue of a giant mermaid on Kollam beach, Kerala.
[Pictures of the, sea gypsies: The Salon People of Myanmar, (Burma) showing the boats they use and the houses they build on stilts out of the shallows. Picture from Shan Yoma Travel & Tours Co.Ltd.
[Picture shows the sea gypsy women foraging for food at low tide. From Shan Yoma Travel & Tours Co.Ltd.]
[Mayo Mermaids by Irish songwriter and painter Percy French 1854 - 1920
The painting had a reputation for being risqué at the time, (late 19th century), which is interesting. Painting of nude women was acceptable at the time, and they are not very clearly seen in the picture. So in theory this shouldn’t be a problem. So perhaps the subject matter of nude women still foraging in the ocean was a taboo subject at the time, and it was this that made it risqué. ]
Then in the 1920s the Russian authorities began to use modern diving gear and motorboats equipped with dredges. Needless to say when they adopted modern equipment, the scallpops became over fished and fishing of them in the area was banned in 1960. It was for this reason that the more sensible Koreans and Japanese banned the use of modern scuba gear for shell diving to make sure the local waters were not over fished in the same way.
[19th century photograph of a group of Yamana women. Photo courtesy of the Martin Gusinde Museum, Puerto Williams, made available on the web site . Unfortunately none of the Yamana look very happy in these photographs, but that might be to do with the relationship between the missionaries, who took these photos, and the Yamana. It seems that the Yamana didn’t like the missionaries who were trying to ‘civilize’ them. The unhappy expression on the faces of these photographs must have suited the missionaries, as it helps justify their efforts to interfere in their lives. Whereas photographs of happy smiling natives would of caused some people to question the morality of forcing change onto them. Many missionaries did genuinely believe that they were ‘helping’ the people they were trying to convert, but to do so they had to disparage their way of life and claim that they would live better lives as ‘good Christians”. The problem is that the derogatory comments on the lives of the Yamana or the Native Tasmanians, also helps justifies the actions of the those who want to commit genocide and wipe them out completely.]
[19th century photograph of a group of two young Yamana women. Photograph from the book, The Land of Magellan, by William S.Barclay.]
[19th century photograph of a Yamana mother and her children, who clearly didn’t like the photographer, or were suspicious or frightened of him. Photograph from web site. ]
[Yagan family in canoes. Photo taken by French Scientific Expedition, 1882. From web site .]
[19th century photograph of a Yamana mother and her child outside one of the shelters the Yamana used. As they were always on the move they didn’t have permanent houses but temporary shelter they could make within an hour. Photograph taken by French Scientific Expedition, 1882. From web site ]
[Alakaluf women in canoe, photograph taken in 1907 in a place called Cutter Cove. From web site.]
[Photograph of the Bijago people wading from one island to another, taken from the web-site. -http://www.celebrityphotoz.com/Paris_Hilton/biography.html?title=Guinea-Bissau#Matriarchy
Photograph of modern ama diver in her wet clammy cotton coverall, showing the photographer the shellfish she has collected from the sea.]