Recycled Minds Picture Show
by Kristina Baines on June 7, 2013
~ Keep Moving ~
Turning sesame seeds toasting on the firehearth.
Our June 2013 Picture Show is by Kristina Baines, an ecological/medical anthropologist who has been taking, developing, and thinking about photos for over 20 years. She has a strong interest in corn, how what we do in our environment makes us well, and using innovative methods to make anthropology relevant and accessible to a wide audience. You can find out more about how these interests translate into projects and pursuits at www.coolanthropology.com or by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Simiona's Shop ~
Rice to be sold if the mill is buying.
Continue Reading to view the rest of Kristina's show.We asked Kristina to say a few words about some of her photographs:
|~ Dualities ~|
Dualities ~ Work is a critical part of everyday life in Maya communities. In this shot, Tomatilla is sewing a basket out of the jippy jappa palm while her husband, Renato, sharpens his machete. While both jobs are associated with their gender, both are critical to the livelihood of the family. Making this kind of basket for sale to passing tourists is one of the few ways cash is brought into subsistence farming households in this areas and represents a recasting of a relatively recent activity as traditional. I was sitting next to the door of their home chatting with them both when I was struck by the balance and equality represented in the contrasts of the scene and snapped the photo.
|~ Our Corn ~|
|~ Heart on the Outside ~|
Enjoy the rest of the show, and remember to check out Cool Anthropology for more about Kristina's work.
|~ Mother's Work ~|
A freshly killed hen ready for preparing caldo.
|~ I Love You ~|
A list of items in Susana's shop
| ~ Save the Seed ~|
Susano's corn seeds are handed down through generations.
|~ Ritual Speak ~|
A pig tongue from an animal killed to feed workers helping to plant corn- working together
is a critical part of Maya heritage practice and every part of the animal is eaten.
| ~ I Love You 2 ~|
Florentina's arm reflects her heart.
|~ Family ~|
An extended family poses outside a traditional thatch house.
|~ Encircled by Corn ~|
Girls play with the cobs after the work of shelling corn.
|~ Waiting ~|
Cousins make a rare trip for a family wedding.
~ Sucking Cacao ~
Pods are cracked open and the soft white flesh is sucked off the seeds, which are later
fermented, roasted, and ground to make kukuh- a traditional chocolate drink.
|~ Juanita in Purple ~|
Yams prepared for boiling.
|~ Over the Maya Mountains ~|
The farm and the forest coexist in the lowlands of Belize.
|~ Sunset on Life Before ~|
Paving the road to the Guatemalan border.