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Lakatoi are the traditional double-hulled sailing watercraft of Papua New Guinea.

Hiri is the name for the traditional trade voyages that formed an important part of the culture of the Motu people of Papua New Guinea. The traditional Hiri voyages carried the much-prized Motu cooking pots to the people of the Gulf of Papua, and brought back plentiful supplies of sago for the Motu. The land of the Motu is mostly savannah grassland so they depended on the Hiri to get through lean times.

The Lakatoi was key to food security.

Art for me is an act of conservation, keeping alive the culture and traditions of my country.
Lakatoi, acrylic on canvas 30 x 40cm

Story Information:

Country: Papua New Guinea

Topic: Agriculture/ Food security

Photo or video credit: @rareninja_arts

Text Credit: Rare Ninja

Date : 15 July 2022

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