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Song of the South
Photograph by Peter Essick

A descendant of the Mapuche—literally "people of the land," one of Patagonia's indigenous groups—Eduardo Paillacán sings in his native language as a steam train brings tourists into Nahuel Pan, Argentina. "It's a song that expresses the Mapuche view of the changing seasons," he says. Keeping the timeless beat of Andean music, the words celebrate a shrub, charcao, that flowers only in good years: Quimey tripantü, quimey tripantü / quimey mapu, quimey campo / rayen charcao, rayen charcao / calufisha, fei troquifiñ. (Good year, good year / good land, good fields / the charcao blooms, the charcao blooms / it looks like the beautiful fleece of a sheep.)

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Camera: Canon EOS 1-V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 16-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: sunny
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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