Solomon Islands

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

SEEMINGLY SIMPLE CAN BE EXTRAORDINARILY MEANINGFUL

I was dismayed when I learned last week that it is Phonoegraphy month for the Weekly Photo Challenge —meaning photos taken using the camera phones.  I seldom use my phone in taking photos….usually I do phonoegraphy only of myself or with my friends and family for fun shots. However, I often use my iPhone camera for food photography.

So when I saw this week’s challenge, I was excited to learn that the theme is LUNCHTIME — photos that show what you actually had for lunch, where you have eaten, with whom or what happened during your lunchtime.  Looking at my collections of my Food photos on my iPhone, I realized that there was nothing uniquely interesting to feature.  I wanted to show rare cuisines I have eaten and the most memorable lunchtime I had during my travels.  Good thing, Daily Post welcomes non-phoneographers to join this week’s challenge using their equipment of choice. Yehey!!!

Hence, this week, I am featuring one of the unique international cuisines I’ve ever eaten which gave me a different kind of foodgasm — the Pacific Island’s Aelan Kakai (local food).

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A Feast of Aelan Kakai

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A Close Encounter with Indigenous Tribe from Solomon Islands

Solomon Island

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.

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