n.1.A woman who manages a boat.
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Whether you are a soldier who was once left behind in the unforgiving climate of 1970s Cambodia, a freight conductor from La Crosse, or a boatwoman living the emancipated life of a river-rat in Red Wing, Minnesota, you have a story to tell about your understanding of the earth around you.
Without any taint of condescension, she enjoys "naked children," singing boat crews, processions of brides and funerals, Buddhist monks in "such strange yellow hats" and Daoist priests with coiled hair, bare-chested men throwing quoits, a boatwoman with a baby on her back, and children with silver hoops around their necks.
WORKING GIRL: A boatwoman at rudder with decorative ropework.