Texas /// Alaska /// Vanuatu
photographs, pictures stories.
I've had the opportunity to live in some amazing places and have great experiences. Uploads are new and older images mixed together. I've been many things and I'll be many more things. Currently I am a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Vanuatu and a guy that owns a camera.
a mother and her son spend time together while she weaves natungura leaves together to make local roof thatch. There is a baby in the cloth hanging, unknown to me when I took the photo. Moments after, we were chatting and the cloth began to leak, the baby peeing.
January, 2014 ||| Lekavatmel, Central Petecost, Vanuatu
The preparations for drinking “stone ground” kava in Lekavatmel Village, Central Pentecost island, Vanuatu.
There are several different ways to prepare kava, many places simply use a Chinese made meat grinder. The grinder is very efficient but lacks any “character”. Stone ground kava is much more labor intensive, makes less kava to drink but the shells served with ground and hand mashed has a different flavor, and a much thicker constancy. This combined with the freshly pulled kava from Pentecost created a great kava high when drunk.
Stringband music is the music of Vanuatu. The songs sound similar but after listening for 15 months it’s not so hard to pick up the different “tunes” of different islands. This is a song by a group from my island, Santo. There is quite a lot of English used in this song, typically it is Bislama.