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On the Move: Life on Mahakam River

With length of 920 km, Mahakam River in East Kalimantan Province (Indonesia), plays an important role in Kalimantan’s residents’ daily life. The river is also home to hundreds villagers, living in their boat houses. The river flows from Makassar Strait through Samarinda, the capital city of the province. It continues flowing through the forests where orang utan and long nosed monkeys live, becomes the water living source for these primates.


It passes by the Dayak tribal villages, the legendary natives of Kalimantan island who have been depending on the river for many generations.  The river has its life beneath and above, providing economic resources for fishermen and farmers. It is a waterway from village to village, from city to village, and vice versa.

It connects people. And for some, the river is their home.


As the river water keeps flowing, the life on Mahakam River will always on the move.

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In responding to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move


  1. Excellent series of photographs with very interesting information

  2. Some of this photos are art. Of course all of your photos are art but some are like paintings. Wonderful captured and processed better the CF 🙂 The one in the slide show with the man standing in the river and the house boat is my favourite. This is art Indah.

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