Preserving Apatani Cultural Heritage: Life of an Elderly Woman in her Traditional Home in Northeast India

In the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India, an elderly Apatani woman is preserving her tribe's cultural heritage in her traditional home. She is a living embodiment of the Apatani way of life, with her daily routine and rituals steeped in tradition.

The woman's home is a testament to the importance of preserving traditional architecture and building methods. The use of bamboo and wood in construction and the intricate wood carvings on the walls and pillars are representative of the Apatani tribe's unique style. The woman's home is also adorned with Apatani artifacts and handicrafts, providing a glimpse into the tribe's rich cultural heritage.

The woman's daily routine includes preparing meals using traditional cooking methods, weaving baskets, and performing daily rituals. Her life is a reminder of the importance of preserving traditional knowledge and practices, especially in the face of modernization and globalization.

Through her dedication and commitment to preserving Apatani cultural heritage, the elderly woman is inspiring younger generations to value their traditions and way of life. Her life and home serve as a living museum of the Apatani tribe's cultural and architectural heritage, providing a glimpse into a unique and rapidly disappearing way of life.


Leslie A Spurlock


Leslie Spurlock is a photojournalist, storm chaser, and creative portrait artist. She lived with the rebels in Haiti for 3 weeks when they ousted President Aristide, photographed Tropical Storm Jeanne that killed 3000 people in Haiti, covered many hurricanes and natural disasters, and 17 protests across the US during 2020. Her work has been published in many publications including Time, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, NY Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Miami Herald, Austin American Statesman, Daily Mail, ABC, CNN, and Yahoo.



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Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, India


Apatani woman




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