Islands of the Lontar

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The neighboring islands of Savu and Rai Jua each rise less than 100 meters above the sea. Their dry, limestone landscapes bare crops for only a few months a year. At other times the islanders subsist on the juice and sugar of the lontar palm. The cultural link with this keystone plant species runs very deep, as exhibited by the island’s weavers who divide themselves into two lineages, designated the Greater Lontar Blossom and the Lesser Lontar Blossom.

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