Wawata Topu  – Mermaids of Timor-­‐Leste

David  Palazón
Enrique Alonson
33 minutes


Wawata Topu (women divers) are four generations of fisherwomen striving to make a living in the coastal village of Adara, West Atauro, Timor-­‐Leste. Their daily lives, economic practices and vital concerns, as well as the contradicting discourses and social barriers they face, are shown in this ethnographic portrait that makes visible their critical contribution to the household economies and the fishing community at large. Their underwater dancing takes place in a context of  rapid social change, where the generalization of the formal education, the progressive consolidation of western moral values and the potential openness of more  attractive livelihoods not linked to the sea, seem to be forging a social negotiation of the household economic strategies initiated by the oldest generation during the 1950s.

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