These photos span many months and feature images from some of my travels during that time. A few of the photos focus on local fomba (traditions) around ancestor worship practices.
Kite surfer at the Emerald Sea (near Diego-Suarez)
Two fighters in a local kickboxing-style event in Ampondralava
A family gathers around the symbolic grave of their ancestor during a traditional Sakalava tribal festival in Vohemar. They adorn the grave with fresh linen cloth and present and offering of alcohol. Not pictured are the more than 60 cows being sacrificed in the ocean adjacent to this cemetery
Men wrestle a cow in the Indian Ocean as part of a traditional Sakalava festival in Vohemar. The cows are sacrificed in the ocean because that is the traditional final resting place of the Sakalava tribal ancestors.
Family members wrap the bones of their deceased relatives in fresh lamba (cloth) during an All Soul’s Day celebration on November 2 in the rural village of Marovato
Men practice dancing during a youth development program in Antalaha
At a river crossing near Cap Est
A young girl cautiously looks on as we visit her family’s house in Cap Est
Women work together to haul large baskets of freshly harvested seaweed in Cap Est