Jangadas from Brazil - Photo Plisson

Jangadas from Brazil

Downstairs the Fortaleza buildings, northeast Brazil, the sea is adorned with a few picturesque jangadas. Inseparable from the coastline of the state of Ceará, the jangadas, fishermen, (traditional boats with a triangular sail) seem straight out of another era. They existed long before the Portuguese colonization, in the early sixteenth century, but their reign is still significant. With their exceptional seaworthiness, the jangadas crossed the ages. Their hull, formerly made of logs bound, is now made up of plates, but this is the only sign of modernization. The rigging and manipulation did not changed over the centuries. On the hull, so flat that the waves overwhelm it, two benches have been installed: one serves to support the mast slipped into the triangular sail, the other serves as the helmsman seat installed in the rear. Between the two benches a slot allows to slide the fin.

Occasionally, the jangada can also be used as a tent camp on the beach (to protected from wind and sun), or as a game, at any age, in his astonishing miniaturized version, faithful to the original. Despite their basic appearance, the jangadas are nimble and swift. The settings of the hollow sail and the tension on the tack are as finely studied as those of modern sailboats. When the crew wet the sail it is to close the fibres and make it flatter and therefore more efficient in the trade winds muscled of Ceara.

Today about 30 000 families are living thanks to Jangadas. The jangadeiros, both seamen, fishermen and carpenters, leave at dawn to sea and come back in late afternoon. But some disappear behind the horizon and move away safely in a hundred miles of the coast for several days, sometimes braving storms aboard their precarious rafts. Far from being driven by unconsciousness, Mestres (skippers jangadas) rely on an offshore knowledge, a marine flair and a unique nautical knowledge that are transmitted over the centuries and the history of jangadas.

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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AA09945 Setting with the water of a Jangada.
Setting with the water of a Jangada. Philip Plisson AA09945

Setting with the water of a Jangada.

AA09945

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA17934 Ceara, Brazil.
Ceara, Brazil. Philip Plisson AA17934

Ceara, Brazil.

AA17934

01/01/1900
2362 x 4724 px
1 Mo
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AA10283 Jangadas on a Brazilian beach.
Jangadas on a Brazilian beach. Philip Plisson AA10283

Jangadas on a Brazilian beach.

AA10283

01/01/1900
5795 x 2362 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10238 Brazilian fisheries.
Brazilian fisheries. Philip Plisson AA10238

Brazilian fisheries.

AA10238

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
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AA10188 Exit of the water of a Jangada.
Exit of the water of a Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10188

Exit of the water of a Jangada.

AA10188

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
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AA10189 Registration of a Jangada.
Registration of a Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10189

Registration of a Jangada.

AA10189

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10206 Jangada at sea.
Jangada at sea. Philip Plisson AA10206

Jangada at sea.

AA10206

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
912 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA10204 Brazilian young person playing with a model of a Jangada.
Brazilian young person playing with a model of a Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10204

Brazilian young person playing with a model of a Jangada.

AA10204

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1006 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA10201 Sky of grain on Caponga.
Sky of grain on Caponga. Philip Plisson AA10201

Sky of grain on Caponga.

AA10201

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
603 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA10228 The town of Fortaleza in Brazil.
The town of Fortaleza in Brazil. Philip Plisson AA10228

The town of Fortaleza in Brazil.

AA10228

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23972 Heaven Caponga Brazil.
Heaven Caponga Brazil. Philip Plisson AA23972

Heaven Caponga Brazil.

AA23972

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
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AA09984 Jangadas in fishing.
Jangadas in fishing. Philip Plisson AA09984

Jangadas in fishing.

AA09984

05/30/2005
5906 x 2953 px
3 Mo
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AA09967 Jangadas in front of the town of Fortaleza.
Jangadas in front of the town of Fortaleza. Philip Plisson AA09967

Jangadas in front of the town of Fortaleza.

AA09967

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
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AA09954 Return of fishing for these Brazilian fishermen.
Return of fishing for these Brazilian fishermen. Philip Plisson AA09954

Return of fishing for these Brazilian fishermen.

AA09954

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
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AA10009 Brazilian fishermen on board their Jangada.
Brazilian fishermen on board their Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10009

Brazilian fishermen on board their Jangada.

AA10009

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
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AA10218 Return from fishing.
Return from fishing. Philip Plisson AA10218

Return from fishing.

AA10218

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
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AA10284 Jangadas at sea.
Jangadas at sea. Philip Plisson AA10284

Jangadas at sea.

AA10284

01/01/1900
6747 x 2362 px
1 Mo
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AA10257 House of Camocin.
House of Camocin. Philip Plisson AA10257

House of Camocin.

AA10257

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
3 Mo
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AA10233 Brazilian woman on a beach of Ceara.
Brazilian woman on a beach of Ceara. Philip Plisson AA10233

Brazilian woman on a beach of Ceara.

AA10233

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
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AA10216 Departure for fishing.
Departure for fishing. Philip Plisson AA10216

Departure for fishing.

AA10216

05/30/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
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AA10034 Fisherman painting his Jangada.
Fisherman painting his Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10034

Fisherman painting his Jangada.

AA10034

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
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AA10012 Brazilian fisherman on the beach.
Brazilian fisherman on the beach. Philip Plisson AA10012

Brazilian fisherman on the beach.

AA10012

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
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AA10086 Brazilian shop in the town of Camocin.
Brazilian shop in the town of Camocin. Philip Plisson AA10086

Brazilian shop in the town of Camocin.

AA10086

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10017 Setting with the water of a Jangada.
Setting with the water of a Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10017

Setting with the water of a Jangada.

AA10017

05/30/2005
5315 x 3543 px
3 Mo
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AA10129 Brazilian fisherman repairing his fishing net.
Brazilian fisherman repairing his fishing net. Philip Plisson AA10129

Brazilian fisherman repairing his fishing net.

AA10129

05/30/2005
3328 x 4992 px
1 Mo
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AA10022 Setting with the water of Jangada.
Setting with the water of Jangada. Philip Plisson AA10022

Setting with the water of Jangada.

AA10022

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
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AA10136 In the streets of Camocin.
In the streets of Camocin. Philip Plisson AA10136

In the streets of Camocin.

AA10136

05/30/2005
3328 x 4992 px
1 Mo
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AA10031 A Jangada ready to get out the sea
A Jangada ready to get out the sea Philip Plisson AA10031

A Jangada ready to get out the sea

AA10031

05/30/2005
4761 x 3024 px
3 Mo
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AA10156 Departure for fishing in Caponga.
Departure for fishing in Caponga. Philip Plisson AA10156

Departure for fishing in Caponga.

AA10156

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
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AA10033 Jangada on a Brazilian beach.
Jangada on a Brazilian beach. Philip Plisson AA10033

Jangada on a Brazilian beach.

AA10033

05/30/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1021 Ko
RGB Truecolor