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The Bajau are a very special tribe that living along the coast of Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. The tribe is also known as sea nomads or sea gypsies. Among the sea nomads there are three different groups: the Orang Laut tribe, the Bajau tribe and the Moken tribe. The largest group of these sea nomads are the Bajau. At this moment there are about 100,000 Bajau people, but this is very difficult to estimate because this tribe does not have identification papers. They move around on their boats and create villages along the coast. These villages are very special, because they are built in the middle of the sea.

Sea gypsies

The tribe is also known as sea nomads or sea gypsies. Among the sea nomads there are three different groups: the Orang Laut tribe, the Bajau tribe and the Moken tribe. The largest group of these sea nomads are the Bajau. At this moment there are about 100,000 Bajau people, but this is very difficult to estimate because this tribe does not have identification papers. They move around on their boats and create villages along the coast. These villages are very special, because they are built in the middle of the sea.

 

Long breath

The Bajau are known for their diving qualities. They are able to dive to 40 metres deep to catch the richest treasures of the sea and to live from them. They can hold their breath for
10 minutes. Taking care of the family is one of the most important things in the life of the Bajau. The entire family is really important, and the children are the centre of attention. They teach their children how to dive and fish at an early age, so they are able to eventually hunt for fish deep in the sea.

 

Mentorship

For the Bajau tribe it’s all about learning. From generation to generation, with the ocean and all its treasures as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The Bajau don’t only learn from the sea, but also on the sea! They live in cabins that are built on piles or in boats, but always without solid ground under their feet. One of the very firs things the Bajau teach their children is swimming and diving, followed by fishing. When a boy is around 8 years old, his father takes him to the open water of the sea for the first time. It is then time for him to get to know the deep waters of the ocean and to learn how to catch fish, with the help of harpoons and other weapons.

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Bajau & modern professionals

The Bajau children learn everything from their parents. Not only the practical things like swimming, diving and fishing, but also rituals and customs. Their father is a mentor to them, the son is the ‘apprentice’. What can we learn from this special relationship and way of learning? Personally, I think it is great to have a role model in our lives when it comes to business or personal relationships. For me, it is very important that I inspire my children and that they don’t hesitate to ask me for any advice, where ever they may go.

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Near the central station and in an amazing building, you'll find the Bajau tribe, who live in the sea, near the Philippines and Indonesia. Enjoy great food at the very special House of Tribes restaurant!

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