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. I was privilged to participate in their picnic at the graveside of one of their departed friends, whose life they celebrated with song and solitary moments of remembrance. I'm grateful to the generous Seto souls who shared a powerful lesson in enduring friendship.

Location: Varska Estonia


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