|an "Ap" in the carnic waters|
The inhabitants of chowra island (in nicobar district) known for their eldritch and shamanic powers clearly dominated the trade of wood, arecanuts, lime etc which was done for manufacturing these canoes and were feared and admired so, that their canoes ( apart from pottery) were used by most other islanders as the rituals done by the chowrite shamans "kamasuon" seemed to have bestowed a protective power over these canoes. The sea-worthiness of the "ap" can hardly be challenged as even today it epitomises the very best of indigenious watercraft traditions. With length varying from 2m to 25m, these canoes are a sight to behold on the turquoise blue waters of these islands and especially during the canoe race.
|two "ap" decorated with kevadi leaves stationed outside malacca village community hall|
photo : Pandava Sreenu, NRHM
the link to a beautiful video on the "asol ap" day.
courtesy : Greatheart Nicobari https://www.facebook.com/greatheart.nicobari/videos/653817184721512/