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Cultural Anthropology in PhotographsDurable Link to this BLOG
© K. L. Kamat
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Photographs can become incredibly authentic source of cultural history as traditions change and a way of life terminates. The above photograph, originally published as part of How Green Was My Valley exhibit, inspired a patron to provide incredible details of the time and tradition this photograph is set in. He was able to identify the communities (Achari) of the villagers by the way the plantain leaves are placed, the origins of the white-spots (sun rays seeping through weaved coconut leaves) in the photograph, how two adults can share a pot of water without lip contact, and many other fascinating details.

We've provided a larger photograph so you can appreciate the finer details he mentions.

First Created: Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Last Updated: 12/12/2002
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