A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part four: Blog twenty-One)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Once she has cut through three stems of dogweed she swims up with them. On the surface she uses the isobue technique of the Ama. She blows out whatever air she has left making a high pitched whistling sound. She passes the dogweed to ‘One Eye’. Taking in another deep breath she dives back down.
Ten more times she returns to the surface with three long stems; each time making the high squealing sound. There is no more dogweed nearby so she cuts off the stems of some seaweed instead. The fiber of the seaweed will be made to make strings for the bows and repair rope for the sails and anchors. The leaves will be used as salty herbs for ‘Unibrows’ soup to ward off scurvy.
On her twentieth time returning to the surface ‘One Eye’ shouts to her, “Full!” ‘One Eye’ helps her on board as Zala and Chesah lean to the other side as counter balance.
Umi sits between Zala and Chesah to use their body heat to get warm as ‘One Eye’ puts more wood on the embers.
“Tomorrow, if weather is good, I teach Zala and Chesah,” Umi says as she helps the girls tie the stacks of dogweed and seaweed.
“When you’re ready ‘Ship Protector’,” ‘One Eye’ says as she passes around battered salted fish between sliced Hardtack biscuits. She uncorks and hands Umi a clay jug full of beer to drink from first.
“We try sushi tomorrow!” Umi says with a devilish laugh as she puts her kimono robe back on and ties it tight with the sash.
With thanks to Joanne Gosling (Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne): Joanne is an Interior Decorator who specializes in closets: Jgosling@calclosets.com Calclosetsjoanne or Joannegosling22@gmail.com;
Leah Weir (Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia): model and cover editor;
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