Pinisi and the art of boatbuilding in Sulawesi recognised by UNESCO

Across the 17,000 equatorial islands comprising the Republic of Indonesia, the ingenious arts of timber boat building have been a crucial enabler of human ventures from prehistoric times until today. As ports, kingdoms and states developed, distinctive traditions of boat building and seafaring underpinned trade, politics and warfare, transport and communications as well as day-to-day livelihoods and subsistence … more so in this sprawling tropical archipelago than in just about any other region in the world.

Click here to read the full story by SeaTrek expert Jeffrey Mellefont from the Australian National Maritime Museum.


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