Clan Head Nasu Blikololong (rear), with Jakobus Tapona at their boathouse on the beach. The 21 clans have their own boathouse. The tradition of whaling is transmitted from generation to generation.
At the entrance of the village the whale skulls are being displayed as welcome and as trophy's. All of the whale is used, even the bones will get a new function.
Josep Klake (lamafa) holding a skull of a pilot whale.
On the beach between the boathouses is a small chapel with a statue of Jesus holding a harpoon.
The fishing boats hunt in a group. They approach from different angles to surprise the fish.
Umbro Blikololong jumps off the boat with the risk of his own live.
The harpooner or lamafa has a leading role within the whaling. A good sense of balance is an important skill for the lamafa, more important than strength or good aim.
After returning from a successful hunt this pilot whale is cut to pieces and divided by their food sharing network.
When dusk falls the whale is already distributed and everyone in the village has their share. The women cut the meat to portions for consumption and hang it to dry.
A boy walks home with a chunk pilot whale. At the end of the day there is besides a cut vertebra nothing leftover of the caught fish.