The Dance of the Inle Lake Fishermen. When I shot this recently in Myanmar I thought if they were doing this kind of fishing on a lake in the States, people would buy a ticket to watch the performance. These fishermen have turned their craft into an art form. Like many traditional lifestyles this one may also soon disappear, sped on its way to obsolescence by prefab boats, better paying jobs, polluted water, changing climate, and a dwindling fish population. Inle Lake, the 2nd largest lake in Myanmar, is a freshwater shallow lake, about 7 to 12 feet deep over much of it’s almost 45 square mile. It’s also home to an unusual style of farming built on floating gardens. But this video is just about the unique fishermen of Inle Lake. So enjoy the show and you don’t have to buy a ticket to watch the performance. I talk about life on Inle Lake this week on my radio show, “National Geographic Weekend” so tune in to “National Geographic Weekend” and tune in to adventure
Boyd Matson, in his work for National Geographic, has been bitten, scratched, or pooped on, and occasionally kissed by most of the creatures found at your local zoo. What he refers to as his job, others might describe as a career spent attending summer camp for adults. Currently Matson is the host of the weekly radio show, “National Geographic Weekend.” Conducting interviews from the studio and from the field, Matson connects with some of the greatest explorers and adventurers on the planet to transport listeners to the far corners of the world and to the hidden corners of their own backyards. Matson also writes about his experiencs in his monthly column, “Boyd Matson Unbound” for National Geographic Traveler magazine, produces videos for National Geographic.com, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.