Upon entering the Dani village in Papua, Indonesia, the women were doing a circle dance as a welcoming gesture. I purposely moved my camera to both capture and accentuate the swirls of color and bonds of connection between the women. I spent the rest of the afternoon saying ‘Wa Wa Wa’ (the Dani tribal greeting for ‘hi’) and ‘Sal la’ (meaning ‘great’).
A Balinese woman does a traditional dance in the Central Palace in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. The Balinese greeting, ‘Om Swastiastu’ means ‘Peace…so good to be with you.’ The Balinese culture places significant attention in cultivating ways of being present and respectful of life in its many forms. The dancers may look beautiful but their message and manner takes the viewer more into the internal spaces of a still mind and open heart.
Ancient Ones of Tana Toraja
Tana Toraja is located in the mountainous region of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is home of the Toraja ethnic
group who have lived there for many years. Death is a very visible part of life there and remnants of human life are displayed openly as part of the changing landscape. The reminder of death seems to ask: How do you wish to live this precious life?
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