The Sea Gypsy

“This is Madu of the Bajo tribe. His name means honey.”

I shot this footage about a year ago around the Taka Bonerate atoll.

Madu is a Bajo tribesman. He’s completely self-sufficient in his element with minimal effort.

I didn’t know what to do with this footage.

Then Camilla asked me if the reason I liked Madu so much was because that’s who I want to be when I grow up. I didn’t think about it that way but it made sense. Madu is a hero to me.

This isn’t a documentary, just a glimpse of what it means to live a good life:

To laugh often, to have a large family, fish and live in nature without leaving a trace.

The Sea Gypsy from Nikko Karki


  1. I’m in love with this little video. Such beautiful footage and I absolutely admire the sea gypsies way of life, living each day as it comes and not worrying about the future or the past. This post made me smile :)


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