You surely remember the Flintstones if you are from the 20thcentury. In those days this modern Stone Age family was something really big. They lived in stone houses and rode stone cars.
This article will reveal about Igolot-Garonne tribe from the Philippines. They have ridden unconventional vehicles which they make for themselves. The former make their vehicles from wood is the only difference between this aboriginal tribe and the Flintstone family.
With the crisis they have faced, these all have started. Even though most of the people couldn’t afford the conventional bicycles they didn’t stop them from doing their thing.
They started to use hand-carved wooden bikes and started riding them. The world was mesmerized by their creation and quietly so.
Richard Haw, a photographer from Japan took these images of these splendid wooden bikes.
Haw and his wife came across this unconventional gang of bikers in Batad on their trip to the Philippines.
The images revealed about the bikes and also about the tribe that made them.
These are lot more than just bikes. These state-of-the-art bikes show the exceptional creativity and skills of this tribe.
There’s some sort of animal theme in most of these bikes. It can be a dragon’s head or that of a lion. They use these bikes for day-to-day transportation.
Don’t think that these wooden objects are slow-coaches. These bikes can achieve as much speed as 25 mph while racing downhill.
You’d be really happy to see these people racing down the hills. They don’t need any ‘safety gears’. They just dress up traditionally in their bahag (a kind of g-string) and their red robes.
They have a wooden pedal in their bikes as the brake. When they step on this pedal it applies pressure on the recycled tires and then stops the bike.
These bikes bring great pride for their owners. They love to show these off to other people as they know that these are very impressive.
The craftsmen even help their fellow villagers in the Luzon island of the Philippines to make these bikes.
As they believe that Igolot gods are in natural objects, these wood carvings are seen as a token of respect.
The external oppression had disturbed the indignity of the Igorots. In order to live a peaceful life in their mountains, the tribe is striving for self-governance.