PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
All sculptures exhibited are available
Even though called an Aboriginal, this girl has more Tiwi influence from the island off the northeast coast of Australia than she does interior Aboriginal. She and her family lived on the East coast of the Coburg Peninsula in Australia. I could never figure out if her family consisted of three or thirty.
I stayed with Suhtan and his family in their yurt for several weeks. A Kahzak, he lived on the Northwest border of Mongolia. It was maybe the most interesting trip I’ve ever taken.
Shula was a Karo lady from a village in the Omo Valley of Southern Ethiopia that I visited several times. When I first met her she was not married and I think quite concerned because she was getting past the age of marriage. She did not speak English but I got her drift. She has gotten married and has two children, probably more now since that was a couple of years ago. I think her father finally lowered her price a few cows.
Mongolian’s pride and joy are their horses. Much of the Nomads and villagers lives revolve around them. It was really interesting to go with them and watch how they roped a horse and then handled him with a loop on the end of a long stick. That stick seemed pretty fragile to me. It was amazing how they did it. Of course to break your stick was embarrassing.
Once, in Ethiopia a young girl of perhaps thirteen, from the Hamarra Tribe came up to us out of the bush. She had her younger brother with her who had a huge open sore on his leg. She wanted help for him. I had some antiseptic salve with me and applied it. Only because of this, she reluctantly let me take two photos. She was so elegant and proud, even in her having to ask for help. I had the interpreter try to talk her into more photos and maybe sketches - no dice.
If you are lucky enough to own a water buffalo in India, you are saddled with the huge problem of feeding it. On their way home in the evening women can be seen carrying whatever feed they could find for their cows.