A Princess Returns as Sea Worms: Nyale Festival, Lombok

I set my alarm for 3:45 am. I woke up and quickly gathered my things- camera, phone, water, and headlamp, then climbed onto my motorbike. Normally, everything is quiet at that hour, but as...

Sangau Sweki: a Maasai “Oloiboni”

In East Africa there is no shortage of mysticism, rumor, and story surrounding herbal medicine. It brings both awe and fear- reports of magical healings and tales of terrible curses. In Tanzania, a country...

Jewelry Development with Maasai Women in Tanzania

I knew that I wanted to travel abroad. But I was not sure where I wanted to go and for what purpose. While contemplating these ideas from Rhode Island, I received a message from...

Roots of Resourcefulness

For the past 6 months I have been living in Ololosokwan- a Maasai village in Northern Tanzania, immediately beside the Serengeti National Park and just below the border of Kenya. The fascinating traditions of...

Skulls, Souls, & Unsolved Mysteries: A Journey to Trunyan Cemetery

On the Eastern side of Lake Batur (Bali's largest lake), lies the small village of Trunyan. While the village is Hindu among the others, Trunyan is distinct because it is home to the Bali...

Beekeeping in the Bush

It was dusk, a time when the bees are less aggressive, and the sun was quickly on its way down. Our mission was to venture "into the bush" to recollect beehives that had previously...

Buddha’s Birthday in Kathmandu

Every year on the full moon during the Nepali month of Baisakh is the celebration of Buddha's birthday. People flock to Buddhist stupas and shrines all of Nepal. Special celebrations occur in, Lumbini -...

Thaipusam at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated across Hindu communities of the world. Each has variations in its tradition, but its reason is to celebrate Lord Murugan (the son of Shiva) upon his receipt of-...

Where village life meets wild life

Bulati Village is a Maasai village in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Unlike the Serengeti National Park, which lies adjacently north, natives from the area are aloud to live within the conservation. This...