Not all sea nomads are living in remote areas in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. The community in Berakit, East Bintan Island, is an example. Most of them are living in permanent houses and have slightly changed their life routines.
I captured this elderly woman busy with beads when visiting the community on a hot afternoon just before downpour. These beads were ordered by a Singaporean on a routine basis. It helped her family’s economy. It also creates more productivity in the family. Behind her, one of the family member was repairing fishing nets, getting ready to head seaward in the evening.