I've heard of no conwordling examples of this, but artificial islands made in swamps from reeds and mud occur in Indonesia by the hands of various tribes. Some even float too.
the Aztecs made floating islands for farming...chinampas
, I think.
They indeed are man-made islands in lacustrine environments of Mexico, made from all sorts of rich gunk, rotted stuff, organic matter, partly dredged from the lake bottom, partly human-created. Although they belong to a family and are family property, as these get built up, they often join one others to make larger masses. Most of today's chinampas are huge contiguous strips/peninsulas of built up land. Very rich, very fertile. In the areas where most are today, they seem more like the land is what was there first, and the "channels" that divide them are what was dug out.
Another thing about chinampas. Native species of bald cypress and willow are planted at the four corners to help retain the chinampa in its proper rectangular shape. As a gardener, I can say
very prudent use of those trees, since they naturally grow near water & their roots resist water-logging & water-rot.¡ Viva
In Lago Titicaca, the Uros (hang on, now. I thought so, too, big Dark Crystal
fan that I am. No, it's not the Mystics) make islands out of the native reeds, or totoras
, They also make huts and boats out of totora as well. The Uros are Aymara-speaking, I believe, which is not
Kechwa\Inca. But the totoras grow all over
. Up north, in Paita, Talara, Cabo Blanco, Colan, they make little totora-thingies called balsas
- the great grand uncle of the boogie-board (used similarly to body-surf). ¡Te
Also worth noting, the Marsh-Arab people of Mesopotamia (geez, okay...Iraq) make very elaborately woven reed houses called mudhif out of
reeds. They also make reed boats as well, and build up their shoreline territory with dredged rotten riverbottom gunk and heaps of harvested reeds, sort of like a combination of the Uros and the Mexicans. What's especially cool about this is that there are carvings from Mesopotamian city-state ruins
(e.g. Ur, I think, I don't recall right now) like 3,000 years old that show mudhifs with almost exactly they same style & intricacy. Friggin 'A'!
Why do I know all this? Three reasons:
1) Thor Heyerdahl was mondo-huge in National Geographic circles when I started collecting them in the mid-seventies.
2) He theorized and executed the whole Ra-II voyage from Egypt (another huge-o reedboat culture) to South America.
3) One of the first concultural items I ever built was a replica reed-boat like what Thor Heyerdahl made. Not human sized, but it could carry 3 GI-Joe people rather comfortably from the Až Vadær to the Ebozayiš Vadærai ( approx. = from Atlantic to Pacific)
4) I used to teach ancient history in Middle School, and the kids loved when I brought in a small replica reed-boat
I had made.
reed-islands + reed-boats = Super SA-WEET!