Juana Shows Us a Model of How the Island is Built
Large saws are used to cut the floating sod on Lake Titicaca into large sections. About 8 to 12 of these sections are anchored together and the three-foot- thick floating island base is cut by the islanders by hand (dark structure above). Next a layer of reeds are placed on top of the sod for footing. The final island layer is where the huts and stove are placed. The reeds need to be replenished every ten to fourteen days.
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