This photo shows an indigenous tribe woman from Mangalonga Island in
Solomon Islands, wearing a traditional dress accessorized by necklaces
made of dolphin’s teeth.
Traditional dolphin hunting using small boats and noise to drive the dolphins
to shore has been a practice for centuries by small indigenous tribes in the
Solomon Islands. In most cases, tribesmen kill dolphins for their teeth since
they are used as currency as well as made into jewelries as bridal dowries.
In recent years, however, dolphin dealing has become legal in Solomon Islands
and has been a source of income not only to the poverty stricken indigenous
tribes but also to expatriate dealers who are making millions of money from
dolphin trade, capturing, selling and exporting dolphins to aquariums and
marine parks around the world.
As a result, the capture of dolphins in the Solomon Islands continues, along
with the exploitation and corruption of indigenous people’s cultural traditions
and way of life.