Photographer's Note

Le lac Inle s'tend sur 22 km de long et 11 de large, 875 m d'altitude. On y rencontre des pcheurs Intha, habitants des 17 villages contruits sur pilotis. Ils sont rputs pour faire avancer leurs bateaux fond plat en se tenant debout sur une jambe, l'autre enserrant une pagaie, ainsi ils ont les mains libres pour utiliser les nasses qu'ils enfoncent lentement sous l'eau transparente et peu profonde l'endroit o ils ont repr le poisson. Puis l'aide d'un genre de trident ils piquent dans la nasse afin de faire remonter le poisson qui se trouve pris au pige.

The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores, and on the lake itself.
Most transportation on the lake is traditionally by small boats, or by somewhat larger boats fitted with outboard motors. Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. This unique style evolved for the reason that the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds. However, the leg rowing style is only practiced by the men. Women row in the customary style, using the oar with their hands, sitting cross legged at the stern.

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Additional Photos by Patrick HUBERT (yquem46) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1892 W: 5 N: 4842] (38752)
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