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Landes was a huge, very flat marsh region, where the plant life was essentially made up of grass and scrubs. This was primarily occupied by shepherds on stilts. The solution to gain land was planting of a forest which dried the marshes but which also made the pastures disappear along with the sheep and their shepherds. The shepherds began to use stilts for games and they also got involved in the dances of other villages. This is how the first groups of dancers on stilts appeared in 1889.