The Maritime Traditions of the Fishermen of Socotra, Yemen [Paperback]

Julian Jansen van Rensburg(Author)

ISBN: 9781784914820 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2017 | 198p, H11.5 x W8, Illustrated throughout in black & white
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The Maritime Traditions of the Fishermen of Socotra, Yemen


The Socotra archipelago lies approximately 135 nautical miles (Nm) northeast of Cape Guardafui, Somalia and 205Nm south of Rās Fartaq, Yemen. The archipelago is made up of four main islands, Socotra, cAbd al-Kūri, Samḥa and Darsa, of which Socotra is the largest and most densely populated. The population of Socotra is divided between the interior pastoralists and the coastal fishermen and traders. While scholarly studies concerning the interior population abound, the fishermen of Socotra have received comparatively less attention and little about them or their traditions is known. This research seeks to address this balance by analysing the Socotri maritime traditions and addressing the question as to how social, environmental and technological influences have shaped the maritime traditions of the fishermen of Socotra. The primary data forming the basis of this book is author’s ethnographic fieldwork carried out on the islands of Socotra and Samḥa between 2009 and 2010. This data is incorporated within a transdisciplinary framework that looks at some of the essential factors of historical, archaeological and environmental evidence to gain a holistic insight into the spatial and temporal factors affecting the maritime traditions of the fishermen.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Study

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Literature Review

Chapter 3. The Conceptual Framework and Methodology

Part Two: The Fishermen

Chapter 4. The Historical Ethnic Groups

Chapter 5. The Historical Fishing Community

Chapter 6. The Contemporary Fishing Community

Part Three: The Maritime Landscape And Climate

Chapter 7. The Maritime Landscape

Chapter 8. The Climate

Part Four: Vessels, Gear And Catch

Chapter 9. Fishing Vessels

Chapter 10. Fishing Equipment

Chapter 11. The Fisheries Economy

Chapter 12. Conclusion

Appendices: Appendix 1. The fishermen interviewed

Appendix 2. Sample interview questions in English and Arabic

Appendix 3. The fishing seasons and influence local winds and currents have on villages along the north and south coast and island of Samḥa

Appendix 4. The fishing tackle used by the fishermen, the method of its deployment, seasons in which it is used, species targeted and the locations in which these species are targeted


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