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Syncretic Sounds
Photograph by Stephen Ferry

Arhuaco music flows from an unlikely source—a well-used accordion. A popular instrument in the non-Indian settlements at the base of the mountain, the accordion entered the indigenous communities, photographer Stephen Ferry was told, from German settlers. The lack of electricity and paved roads, together with the protective outlook of Indian priests, have kept most modern influences off the mountain.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS3
Film Type:  Kodachrome 200
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/20 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Available light
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Unrecorded


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