Madagascar is the fourth largest island
in the world, located just 250 miles from the east coast of Africa.
In the late 1690’s and early 1700’s, Madagascar was a refuge
to pirates because of the Indian Ocean trade routes. . It is also know
as the great Red island. The main languages are Malagasy and French.
Historically the traditions are rooted in their Indonesian and African
905-1 Treasure chest jewelry
box: As a pirate escape, Madagascar had all of the right
elements: good weather, friendly locals, fresh water, abundant food
and at the time – no military to bother the pirates. This paper
craft treasure chest is reminiscent of the trunks of that time period
and can hold your precious treasures.
905-2 Snake: Madagascar
is home to more than 80 species of snakes – none which are dangerous
to humans. One snake that is greatly feared by natives is the harmless
fandrefiala. The Malagasy believe this brown, tree snake drops tail
first from trees while stiffening its body like a spear to stab people
or cattle. We make a bendable snake to illustrate this type of snake.
905-3 Sunset moth:
Compared to their African counterparts, Malagasy butterflies are generally
larger, more vividly colored and tend to have more exaggerated wing
shapes. The large day-flying Sunset moth is marked with iridescent colors
on its wings.
905-4 Wooden Spoons:
The only eating utensil traditionally found in Madagascar is the spoon!
We decided to take the spoon and create a work of art.