Chapter 15

Isaw Apalal

Isaw belongs to the Bajau indigenous community. Once sea nomads, they’ve been forced to move onland due to changes in the environment. Isaw continues the free-diving tradition to catch fish, but with the new generation this hunting skill slowly disappears. His 12-year-old son is one of the only children interested in it. Climate change has a big contribution to the loss of this practice as well. Isaw told me about life on the sea and finding ways to survive in a different environment.