“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.” John Steinbeck, East of Eden
“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis –
Konyak tribal people – once fearsome warriors and head-hunters, now dying-out culture of Nagaland, northeast India. They are recognised by their facial and body tattoos, their age is seldom confirmed, but estimated from 80 to over 100 years. It is believed that in 10 or 15 years these Konyak head-hunters will be buried beneath Christian headstones in the mountain villages and since their history is not stored in any pleadings, the living memories of their unique cultural existence will disappear for ever.
On my travels around the world, I always strive to peer into the local schools – to see the country´s future. In northern Sudan, I visited several basic schools, mainly in the rural areas. I was always left speechless by the warm welcome by both teachers and students. Not only did they let me take photos during classes, chatted with me, sang songs – quite often they invited me for a cup of coffee or even for lunch. What a beautiful people!
When trekking in the Yorkshire Dales, England, on a rainy day back in 2000, I met these beautiful lovers hiding behind the Thornton Force waterfall. They only had eyes for each other and ignored me, standing calf-deep in the cold stream behind my tripod.
I am wondering if they ever left the hide 🙂