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Swimming Goggles – Solomon Islands

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Fancy going spearfishing in the Solomon Islands? YES PLEASE!

Let’s just admit it right away – one of the absolute coolest things about being an anthropologist, is that you get to go to beautiful places, where you’ll hang out and meet some nice people, and then call it work. It’s pretty sweet!


I recon that’s exactly what Kirsten and Jens Pinholt did back in 1975 when they travelled to the Solomon Islands. Here they meet a man named Clement Natei, who lived at a tiny island called Nifiloli. He made these goggles himself using a jackknife and glass from a pocket mirror. See how much they resemble the industrial plastic ones you can buy? Clement used the goggles for spearfishing, which was, and still is, a very common way of fishing in the Solomon Islands. I imagine the three of them catching fish and cooking them over an open fire on the beach. Oh happy days!

// Emma Louise Pedersen


Photo: © 2012 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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