Miskitu Coast of Honduras: Village Life in Tide-Flooded Kruta

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On a recent trip to the Kruta River near Cape Gracias a Dios on the Honduran Caribbean and the Nicaraguan Border, life without roads and little electricity proceeds slowly, detached from the world at large. As sea levels rise, already economically-marginalized coastal villages in the mangrove swamps are slowly being inundated by the rising tides. 

mangrove, La Mosquitia, Honduras, Miskito Indians

The afternoon high tide inundates the village of Kruta, set on the edge of Cape Gracias a Dios in La Moskitia, Honduras. As sea levels rise, coastal villages like Kruta will continue to deal with wading through water to get to their homes. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Rio Kruta, Miskitu Village, Miskito Indians

Set along the Rio Kruta a few kilometers upriver from the Caribbean, Kruta moves as slow as the flow of the river. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Rio Kruta, La Mosquitia, Honduras, fishing, Caribbean Sea, Miskito People

The morning’s catch of robalo from the Caribbean, on a dock on the Kruta River. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Rio Kruta, La Moskitia, La Mosquitia, Honduras, Miskito People

The dock on the Rio Kruta moves fast in the morning, as they just swam the horse across the river, wood piled for cooking fires, gill nets used to catch fish in the river, despite the risks to the ecosystem and navigation. And finally, notice the outhouse on the edge of the dock, where boys were spotted playing cards the other night. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Miskito People, La Moskitia, Honduras, Rio Kruta

Little Miskitu friends from the village of Kruta. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Kruta, Miskito Indians, Honduras

Houses are raised on stilts, above the daily flow of the waters, and the children run free and happy through the mud. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Miskitu society, Honduras, Miskito Indians

While women have challenges earning a living in Miskitu society, Willbania pictured here has a burgeoning pulperia, or store, that also serves as a hub of activity in the afternoon. Her house, like many others, is slowly being encroached upon by the rising seas. Photo By Jack Eidt.

Kruta, Miskitu People, Miskito Indians, Honduras, La Mosquitia

Though life seems simple and uncomplicated in villages like Kruta, the lack of economic options, the degradations of the lobster fisheries and generally available seafood, has caused much of the youth to either move away or enlist with the burgeoning drug trade. Hence, there is a strange proliferation of US dollars. Photo By Jack Eidt.

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Planners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt