Fishing for the whole village


As Westerners, we have a specific way of thinking: we first take care of ourselves and what is “left” – and usually very little is left after we have our fill – we will share with others. This is the right way – isn’t it? But maybe not.

When a Fijian fisherman goes out to fish, the mothers from the village wish him well. He usually returns from his trip to find the mothers waiting on the shore. They take the fish he caught and distribute them throughout the village. It would be unthinkable for the fisherman to take the fish home for himself. When he goes out, he does not fish for his family; he fishes for the village.

(Source: Fishing for the village, 2020, by Cassie Carstens & George Kellerman)

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Bennie Mostert
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