September 18, 2014

Sea Bajau Teen, Malaysia

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

Her face dusted in bedak sejuk, a cooling powder made of rice and pandan leaves, a teen named Alpaida paddles out to visit friends in stilt houses. Alpaida and her family belong to the tribal group known as the Sea Bajau because they live year-round on their lepa-lepas, handmade houseboats. Bajau fish and dive for almost everything they eat.

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