You know what they say about Nostalgia? It ain’t what it used to be. A group of Khoisan warm themselves at a fire after leading a ‘Bushman Experience’. Upon close inspection, the ‘authenticity’ of this scene begins to dissolve.
Khoisan is a unifying name for two groups of peoples of Southern Africa who share ethnic, cultural, and putative linguistic characteristics distinct from the Bantu majority of the region. They are often referred to as ‘bushmen’ based on their traditional nomadic hunter/gatherer culture. As per this image, most of that culture is preserved in the form of cultural tourism where otherwise modern Khoisan lead a Bushman Experience for visiting tourists. Cultural tourism is a complex issue. Many people reject it as ‘fake’, often failing to see the irony that underscores their disappointment in the fact that this cultural paradigm is no longer ‘real’. The Khoisan, like most minority communities, have faced massive marginalization at the hands of the surrounding governments. This kind of employment offers some financial support while helping some element of the culture persist. Regardless, the opinions are mixed and passionate. Shot on assignment with @intotheokavango led by @drsteveboyes with support from @natgeo@markstonephoto
Coach, mentor, and friend @stevehouse10 treads lightly on the approach to a snowed out attempt on Makalu, 2009 (Everest and Lhotse are catching light just to his right) Could’ve never imagined the impact Steve would have on my life nearly a decade ago. Here is to the people that make us better.
Traversing the Angolan highlands en route to the source of the Cuito River Catchment. The film directed by @neilgelinas, Into the Okavango, is playing this weekend at Telluride Mountain Film. Shot on assignment for @natgeo .
I’ll be speaking Sunday morning at the New Sheridan Opera house in Telluride at 9:30 am. Swing by if you’re in town!
Quiet moment in the highest conflict zone on the planet, straddling the northern borders of India and Pakistan. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @freddiewilkinson
I’ll be sharing images and stories from life and work Sunday morning at 9:30 am at Telluride Mountain Film. Love to see you there
Preparing a betel nut chew in Sri Lanka. Ever seen those deep red smiles? This is where it comes from. “Betel nut has a long history in South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin. In Guam and other Pacific islands, its use can be traced back as far as 2,000 years. A habit passed down through generations, chewing betel nut is a time-honored custom for 10–20 percent of the world’s population. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 600 million people use some form of betel nut. It is one of the most popular psychoactive substances in the world, in fourth place after nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine. But while betel nut is an important cultural and social tradition in many countries, growing evidence points to serious health effects from regular use as it’s classified as a carcinogen by the WHO. Many studies have shown a convincing link between betel nut use and cancer of the mouth and esophagus. A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that betel nut users are at a higher risk for oral submucous fibrosis. This incurable condition can cause stiffness in the mouth and eventually the loss of jaw movement.@kristinkremers@natgeocreative