Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Power of DNA


Colombia. Silvia (Cauca State). Guambiano Indian mother and daughter walking to the Tuesday market


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Decorum is as Old as Humanity


Brazil. Amazon rain forest. Under a thatch of white bird's down a Yanomami herald who came to invite a neighboring clan to a plantain soup feast waits in the center of the vast communal house's interior courtyard to be received by an elder. He has laid down his bow and arrows next to him.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Some Kids Will Study Under Any Conditions


Colombia. Guajira Desert. Rural school. A little Waiuu Indian Girl sitting in a corner of the class room.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How About this for a Surf Board?



Colombia. Choco rain forest. Noanama Indian boy zipping over the Docordo River.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fleeting Scene From Idyllic Times Past


Bolivia. Quillacollo, near Cochabamba. Church entrance.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Where Hosts Push Drinks Down Guests' Throats



Brazil. Amazon rain forest. To help keep the peace with neighbors, a Yanomami clan invited another to come share plantain soup with them. Custom requires that hosts show much generosity and guests much delight with it, even  if it the soup must be pushed down their throats.  To keep up with the generosity, guests have no recourse but to also push a finger inside their throats once in a while to make room for more soup.  They get so bloated that  they end up looking high on drugs.

Brésil. Amazonie. Pour aider à conserver la paix avec des voisins, un clan yanomami en invita un autre à boire avec eux la soupe de plantain. La coutume requiert que les hôtes démontrent une grande générosité et les invités beaucoup de satisfaction, même s’il faut leur faire boire a la force. Et les hôtes font la queue devant chaque invité avec leurs pleines calebasses. Pour tenir le coup les invités n’ont d’autre recours, de temps en temps, que de s’enfoncer un doigt dans la gorge.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nothing Entertains Children like a Great Father's Story


Brazil. Salvador. A Fisherman tells four of his ten children about a funny adventure he lived.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

How the Tuareg Deal with a Recalcitrant Baby Camel



Niger. Sahara Desert. A Kel Rela Tuareg girl is pulling a baby camel away from its mother for not allowing her family to draw out some of the milk for themselves. The girl would then tie the animal to a stake near her tent.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Backpacking in the Sahel--or Carrying Freedom on a Stick



Niger near Tahoua. Sahel. Fulani nomad walking ahead of his herd of zebus, which follow him like dogs .He carries all his possessions on a stick. They include a straw mat to rest on, a piece of cloth to lie under at night, a bag of millet grain to mix with water for a quick meal, a calabash to prepare the millet and eat in, an ax to cut wood for a fire, a bow to hunt, arrows in a leather  sheath, a herder's stick, rope shackles for some of his animals. 
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nature Breeds Natural Grace


Niger. Sahel. Wodaabe girls waiting for their turn at the well

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Shawiya Berber Crossing Algeria's El Kantara Canyon



Algeria. Saharan Atlas. Aures Mountains. El Kantara Canyon. Shawiya Berber woman. 
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Every Group Has a Leader


Colombia. Bogota. Street kids warming up at fire they started with posters torn off the wall.


Peru. Lima. Villa Salvador shantytown on outskirts of the city. 

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Streetwise, Fearless, and Ready to Conquer the World



Peru. Lima. Villa Salvador shantytown on outskirts of the city. 
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Ashanti Running Water


Ghana. Adukrum, a village near Kumasi. Ashanti woman empties into the family's cistern.the basin she filled at the river. 


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dreaming of Eyewear


Ethiopia. Lalibela. Young Amhara shepherd with glass-less eye-wear he made of plant material.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Figuring How Much Is Two Plus Two


    Colombia. Cali. School for poor children.


Cameroon. Bamenda Grasslands. Primary school class.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

At a Kenya's Life-Sustaining Water Hole





Kenya. Near Lake Turkana. Turkana nomads watering their herds of zebus and goats at deep water holes the women dug out of a dry river bed. Using large bowls they carved out of wood, the women scoop the water at the bottom of the holes and hand it up to the men above, who pour it in wooden troughs for their animals.


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