Seto women

Category: People


Photo and caption by meg pier

Seto Nation is an ethnic minority that lives in southeastern Estonia, known for their elaborate folk costumes and unique form of singing called leelo, considered an item of intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. When visiting Estonia, I spent an afternoon with a leelo choir, women in their late 70s and early 80s. At the community swing, the choir sang from their repertoire. Two of the women climbed up on the giant platform and set it rocking; the others began to clap and dance. The generous Seto souls shared their songs, their laughter and a powerful lesson in remaining young at heart.

Location: Varska, Estonia


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