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Dugout canoe from the leteh-leteh SEKAR AMAN

Date: c 1987
Overall: 590 x 3870 x 590 mm
Medium: Timber, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Canoe
Object No: 00001462
Place Manufactured:Raas, Pulau

User Terms

    A dugout canoe of the leteh-leteh Indonesian prahu SEKAR AMAN. Constructed from a single piece of hollowed log, possibly teak, with gunwhales and stern and bow posts fixed with wooden dowel fastenings and painted white.
    The lateen-sail perahu lete lete, SEKAR AMAN, from which the canoe was associated, is no longer at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    SignificanceThis modern dugout canoe represents a type of craft that would have been used in association with the leteh-leteh mother ship, SEKAR AMAN, for coastal fishing and trade with north west Australia over the past centuries.

    HistoryThe SEKAR AMAN was a 15 metre long Indonesian trading vessel or perahu. This type of craft were traditionally used in the past by Indionesian seafareres to come to Australian shores to collect trepang (sea slug), turtle shell and trade with Indigenous Australians.
    On top of the perahu would be a canoe that was called 'pengarak' in the Madura language, similiar to this modern version from the SEKAR AMAN.

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