Lembata is a small island situated east of Flores. The southern Lamalera in Lembata is renowned for whale hunting. The whale-hunting season begins in May and lasts until October each year. Whale hunting is preceded by elaborate rituals which last several days and involve the slaughter of animals and much ceremonial feasting. Out in the open seas, four to five boats are needed to subdue a whale. This boat model was probably made to commemorate a whale expedition trip. On board are seven men: one on the harpooning platform (the projection over the bow), and six other men serving as look-out helpers. Lamalera and Lamakera on the neighbouring island of Solor are the last two remaining Indonesian whaling communities in Indonesia.