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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

dready ... turtles


             
                 dready art '5 turtles' - limited edition archival pigment print - 30x30"

the history of these islands is told in tales of turtling ...

and not just the island where i live, but those small cays and harbours and sand spits from cuba to nicaragua, and the southern caribbean coast of mexico, cayman, jamaica, belize ... in places with names like miskito cay, pedro bank, corn island, man o' war cay, swan island, isla de las mujeres, tunerief ...

young men would be left on spits of sand hundreds of miles from home ... they'd rebuild last year's huts (if they'd survived the hurricane season) they'd set out water, 'cause there was none to be had other than what they brought with them or what the rain made fall.

and they'd stay there the season and catch turtle and pen them, come hell or high water or hurricane breeze ...

turtle meat was canned in florida, turtle shell made frames for glasses ...

these days are gone ... but some few turtles have survived them along with the stories of the times ...

history ... his story ...







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