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Photograph by Stephen Ferry

A communal kitchen with palm fronds takes shape in the Wiwa village of Gotzheishi. Building remains a collective activity, performed by young men and boys. By working together to preserve their tightly knit communities, and also by organizing politically to buy back land expropriated by settlers, the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada hope to defend their mountain from another conquest by outsiders.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type:  Kodachrome 200
Lens: 35mm Summicron
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Slightly cloudy
Time of Day: Midmorning
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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