Seliki/Reflection

< Seliki

History

Timeline

  • Before
  • Founding

Culture

Art

elements from shells, glass, sand, rocks, reeds, woven baskets, pearls, cliffs, sealife, ?

Clothing

brainstorming possibilities. look at historical and modern day dress in coastal cultures.

hot weather: review clothing customs in SE Asian cultures?

colder weather: review clothing customs in places that are rocky and cold? mantle, earasaid


swimming: loincloth, bikini [1]


Seliki Sigil

Three golden ocean waves against a grey background.

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Traditions

Festival of Waves

Writing Logistics

Useful words and refs for things that coastal people might experience and for adding color to poses

  • lighthouses
  • shipwrecks
  • treating illnesses and injuries that would happen that are unique to people along the coast of the Pearlspire
  • differences in how Thrax would treat divers than in how Seliki would. (see history of how slaves were used in North and South America as well as other places)

Names

Languages to plunder for thematic sounding Pearlspire names?? Icelandic, Old Norse, Faroese, Scottish, Irish, Shetlandic

Seaweed, Plants

Landscapes

Diving

  • sponge diving
  • food diving
  • Cliff divers (La Quebrada Cliff Divers)
    • ''They perform daily shows for the public, which involve diving 30 meters(100 ft) or 41 meters(135 ft) from the cliffs of La Quebrada into the sea below. The depth of water in the "Gulch" can vary from 4.8 meters(16 ft) to 5.8 meters(19 ft) depending on the waves. The width of the channel varies from 12.8 meters(42 ft) to 14.6 meters(48 ft). Timing is crucial for the divers. During the night, they often hold torches while diving.
  • Pearl diving
    • Timeline of diving technology, History of underwater diving, History of freediving
    • depths: some pearl oysters could be found on shoals at a depth of 5–7 feet (1.325–2 meters) from the surface, but more often divers had to go 40 feet (12 meters) or even up to 125 feet (40 meters) deep to find enough pearl oysters, In order to find enough pearl oysters, free-divers were often forced to descend to depths of over 100 feet on a single breath
    • dangers: hostile creatures, waves, eye damage, and drowning, often as a result of shallow water blackout on resurfacing.
    • Moken children decrease their pupil size and change the shape of their lens (accommodation) similar to seals or dolphins.
      • She did notice, however, that the European kids would experience red eyes, irritated by the salt in the water, whereas the Moken children appeared to have no such problem. “So perhaps there is some adaptation there that allows them to dive down 30 times without any irritation,” she says.
    • techniques, technology: greased their bodies to conserve heat, put greased cotton in their ears, wore a tortoise-shell clip to close their nostrils, gripped a large object like a rock to descend without the wasteful effort of swimming down, and had a wide-mouthed basket or net to hold the oysters., Like the Venezuelan divers, the Panamanian divers also faced the danger of shark attacks, although they usually carried knives to defend themselves.
    • Goggles: The Inuit and Yupik people carved Inuit snow goggles from caribou antler, wood, and shell to help prevent snow blindness. The goggles were curved to fit the user's face and had a large groove cut in the back to allow for the nose. A long thin slit was cut through the goggles to allow in a small amount of light, diminishing subsequent ultraviolet rays. The goggles were held to the head by a cord made of caribou sinew., They will not be usable more than a few feet underwater, because the water pressure will press them tightly against the face. (Below this limit, a diving mask must be used, which allows the user to equalize pressure by exhaling air through the nose.)
    • Ama practiced a breathing technique in which the divers would release air in a long whistle once they resurfaced from a dive.
  • combat diving: Divers were also used in warfare. Defenses against sea vessels were often created, such as underwater barricades, and hence divers were often used to scout out the seabed when ships were approaching an enemy harbor. If barricades were found, it was divers who were used to disassemble them, if possible.[7] During the Peloponnesian War, divers were used to get past enemy blockades to relay messages as well as supplies to allies or troops that were cut off,[8] and in 332 BC, during the Siege of Tyre, the city used divers to cut the anchor cables of Alexander's attacking ships.[citation needed]

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