The Moken people of the Andaman Sea
The Moken people :
‘the sea nomads’ 'the gipsys of the sea'
A group of approximately 800 islands claimed by both Burma and Thailand. Most of the 2,000 to 3,000 Moken live asemi-nomadid hunter-gatherer lifestyle heavily based on the sea, though this is increasingly under threat.
Their knowledge of the sea enables them to live off its fauna and flora by using simple tools such as nets and spears to forage for food. What is not consumed is dried atop their boats, then used to barter for other necessities at local markets. During the monsooon season, they build additional boats while occupying temporary huts. Because of the amount of time they spend diving for food, Moken children are able to see better underwater due to accommodation of their visual focus.
Some of the Burmese Moken are still nomadic people who roam the sea most of their lives in small hand-crafted wooden boats called kabang, which serve not just as transportation, but also as kitchen, bedroom, and living area. However, much of their traditional life, which is built on the premise of life as outsiders, is under threat.
Aside from ancestor worship, the Moken have no religion
The Moken identify in a common culture, and speak the Moken lenguage.
However, the Moken face an uncertain future as their population decreases and their nomadic lifestyle and unsettled legal status leaves them marginalized by modern property and immigration laws, maritime conservation and development programs, and tightening border policies.
The children of this tribe poses the ability to move so freely under water, so they are being called the dolphin-children!
When the tide rises the children of tribe tend to be more under water than above.
They enter the waters and swim to great depths. Not only do they have the possibility to sink themselves without weights, they see perfectly clear underwater without goggles. This usually isn’t the case for us, when we open our eyes under water, our vision completely blurs.
Their eyes are completely adjusted to the conditions underwater. When the dolphin-children open their eyes, their irises get smaller and they increase their depth of field. Also the actual shape of their lens changes, which is called accommodation. This is a similar adaptation to what dolphins do.