In the village of Kigwema in Nagaland, Northeast India, an elderly Angami woman sits by candlelight in her traditional home. The dimly lit room and the flickering flame of the candle provide a serene ambiance, offering a window into rural life in the region.
The woman's wrinkled face and calloused hands are evidence of a life of hard work and resilience. Her traditional Angami attire and the artifacts and handicrafts in the room reflect the tribe's unique cultural heritage.
As she sits by the candlelight, the woman's thoughts and reflections may turn to her past, her family, or the changes she has seen in her community over the years. Her presence in the room is a testament to the importance of family and community in Angami culture, and the respect and care shown to elders.
The scene offers a glimpse into the rural way of life in Northeast India, where access to electricity is limited in some areas. The use of a candle for lighting is a reminder of the challenges faced by those living in remote areas and the need for sustainable development.
Through the woman's presence and reflections, the importance of preserving traditional practices, cultural heritage, and respect for elders is highlighted. The scene captures the spirit of community, resilience, and perseverance that defines the Angami tribe and the region's rural way of life.
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.
Kohima, Nagaland, India
Leslie A Spurlock
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