photo by: @erikalarsen888 // Captured #withGalaxy S9+, produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode f 2.4, ISO 100 // Valerie Cleveland sits on a chair outside her home in The Village of Kwinhagak, a coastal village on the Bering Sea in Southwestern Alaska. Valerie is a 13-year-old Yup’ik youth who observed her menarche this year. The Yupik are a group of indigenous people of western, southwestern, and southcentral Alaska and the Russian Far East. In Valerie’s tradition, during this first-year, she must abstain from any subsistence activity as well as spending time in nature, she cannot eat king salmon and she must cover her hair when not in her home. Traditionally, as in some other hunting cultures, a menstruating woman is thought to offend and repel fish and game and to adversely affect a man's hunting ability and the menarcheal woman was unable to attend ceremonial activities.
Inside the Lofthellir Cave with the National Geographic Student Expeditions in Iceland
This beautiful picture was taken by the student Joshua Hendriksen. To see more of his work and the other students, follow their Instagram tagged here! #natgeostudentexpeditions#natgeo#joshthephotographer12
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Today was Portrait day at our Photo Camp with Yu’pik youth in Quinhagak, Alaska. Photographers Erika Larsen ( @erikalarsen888 )and Evgenia Arbugaeva inspired students to make these beautiful portraits of the elders in their community. They also interviewed grandparents and other elders about the changes that have occurred in this village since the older generation’s youth. The storytelling tradition in the Yu’pik community is very strong and has translated well into the storytelling tradition of Photo Camp. Photos by students: Mackenzie Forbes, Crystal Carter, Darryl Small Jr., Kaitlyn Henry, Marita Tunutmoak. @insidenatgeo