Maawuo, Tradition of Catching Fishes in Bokuok Lake Kampar

The fishes in Lake Bakuok is held every year, hundreds of Kampar people together catch fish in Bakuok Lake. Mauwo, has long been a tradition for the people of Kampar which consists of nine tribes. Mauwoo appeared since longtime ago.
An annual tradition of net fishing in Lake Bakuok, Aursati Village, Kampar District. Thousands of people from all over Kampar and Pekanbaru City gathered to "surround" the fish in the lake. This tradition called Maauwo was carried out along the lake which stretched for about one kilometer. And make no mistake, this lake is an area protected by customary law (hukum adat).

Children and adults together catching fish using canoes. Then, the housewives were always faithful to wait in the huts they built to cook and sell their fish.

This traditional title was used by the local community to earn money. A variety of baked fish snacks, typical Kampar culinary, and children's snacks are sold to attract the tastes of visitors who come.


Bakuok Lake is a part of the Kampar tributary that surrounds a delta that is almost shaped an island. Around the lake reaches almost one and a half kilometers. Bakuok Lake water flows back to Kampar River.

This lake, measuring approximately 1,000 meters x 100 meters, is an area protected by customary law (hukum adat). Surrounding residents are prohibited from catching fish except in mauwoo season, which is the tradition of catching fish together ahead of the arrival of the month of Ramadan or the celebration of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia.

In the tradition of mauwoo there is a principle, whoever catches fish is the one who will be lucky. Bakuok Lake has various types of fish, such as catfish, and other fresh fish.

The fishes in Lake Bakuok is held every year, hundreds of Kampar people together catch fish in Bakuok Lake. Mauwo, has long been a tradition for the people of Kampar which consists of nine tribes. Mauwoo appeared since longtime ago.

By traditional leaders, these three bamboo sticks are embedded in the downstream, middle and upstream of the lake. If that has been done, it means that since then the ban on fishing in the lake has also begun.

All nephew-descendants from each tribe-must obey the prohibition. Although it is forbidden to catch fish, it does not mean that childless children are prohibited from approaching the lake.

After nine months the inhabitants of the lake were not disturbed, exactly in September the fish mauwo tradition began. Community leaders and the government who first spread nets, only the community. It used to be that the catch of the people from mauwo was abundant. The average fisherman can get 50-100 kilograms of fishes.

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