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Magical Photos from an Isolated Community in the Forests of India

Magical Photos from an Isolated Community in the Forests of India by Ellyn Kail De has taken an unconventional approach to telling the story of the Lisus; since the birth of photography, oppressed communities have been cast as “exotic” or “primitive” by those standing behind the camera. Instead of taking a “colonial-anthropological” look at these families and individuals, he’s chosen something closer to magical realism. The photographs themselves are rich with symbolism, and the Lisus’ animals and their environment become…

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“Our sympathies are entirely with the Negroes"

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Indian Lions

My friend, Prasanna brought this gift from India for me. It's a wooden replica of one of the Lion Pillars of Ashoka. The first fact that surprised and delighted me is that there are Lions in India. I had always assumed that Lions were unique to Africa1 and that Asia was the domain of the Tiger. I learned from Prasanna ( and the Interwebs ) that the Asian Lion may not get as much press as the African Lion but…

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January 25, 2011 - Jaali Hathi

A good friend brought this back for me from a trip to India. The intricate latticework is called jaali, an ornamental pattern constructed through the use of calligraphy and geometry. It is used heavily in Indian architecture. Hathi is the Hindi word for elephant.…

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