Lamalera village located on the southern tip of Lembata Island. Lamelara and Lamakera on the neighbouring island of Solor are the last two remaining Indonesian whaling communities.

Here, sperm whales have been hunted for centuries, just with hand made equipment. The spears, ropes and boats, everything is locally made in the village.

Also, the boats of the whale hunters of this region don’t have engines. All parts of the whale are used and are either consumed or traded for food with other islanders, most of whom are corn and cassava farmers.

Lembata waters are part of the pod’s migration routes, which usually occurs from May to October. During that period, people in Lembata begin the rituals by reading nature’s signs about when the whales will come.

Given the facts that the Lamelaras only use primitive equipment when hunting whales and that whale hunting is of vital importance to them, and taking into consideration that whale hunting has been done by them for generations on end, the United Nations do not object to the whale hunting by these communities.

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

Lamalera

All pics by Alex Journey. More photos from Lembata Island.

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