Antanosy portraits

by R Kuerbovich November. 13, 2020 825 views
Este ciudadano porta al cuello un tirachinas (para cazar pájaros), con la parte del palo colgando en la espalda // This citizen wears a slingshot (for bird hunting) around his neck, with the part of the stick hanging in the back

Este ciudadano porta al cuello un tirachinas (para cazar pájaros), con la parte del palo colgando en la espalda // This citizen wears a slingshot (for bird hunting) around his neck, with the part of the stick hanging in the back

El pueblo Antanosy vive principalmente en la región de Anôsy, en el suroeste de Madagascar. Fort Dauphin es la principal ciudad de la zona. Su principal economía se basa en la ganadería, la agricultura y la pesca; la tasa de alfabetización se estima en menos del 30%. Muchos también utilizan y venden productos extraídos del bosque, como paja para el tejado de las casas, miel, carne de arbusto, frutas y hongos, y materiales de plantas medicinales. El comercio se realiza con mayor frecuencia en los mercados semanales locales, ya que la mayoría vive en aldeas rurales remotas con poca población.

The Antanosy people live primarily in the Anôsy region in south-west Madagascar. Fort Dauphin is the main city in the area. Their main economy lies in cattle-raising, agriculture, and fishing; the literacy rate is estimated at less than 30%. Many also use and sell products taken from the forest, including thatch for house roofing, honey, bush meat, fruits and mushrooms, and medicinal plant materials. Commerce most frequently occurs during local weekly markets, as the majority live in remote rural villages with low populations.

Las fotos de este post las hice durante reuniones con líderes tradicionales Antanosy en la zona de Tolarano (ver mapa). Esas reuniones son típicas de proyectos de cooperación internacional: jefazo expatriado/a discute cómo va el proyecto con los líderes de las comunidades locales: ellos cuentan sus cuitas y el jefazo dice que guay, y que las cosas mejorarán. Las cosas raramente mejoran, salvo para el jefazo, que probablemente consiga otro trabajo mejor pagado.

The photos in this post were taken during meetings with traditional Antanosy leaders in the Tolarano area (see map). These meetings are a classic in international aid projects: an expatriate boss discuss how the project is going with the leader of local communities: they tell their problems and the boss says that it's cool, and that things will get better. Things rarely get better, except for the expatriate boss, who will probably get another, better paying job.

Los líderes locales tampoco son idiotas. Llevan generaciones escuchando gilipolleces de extranjeros: la administración colonial, las élites nacionales, iglesias, cooperantes... sin que los cambios prometidos hayan sucedido o que se produzca siquiera alguna mejora sustancial que perdure. Quizás sea por eso que, aunque las reuniones ocurrieran en diferentes pueblos, haya algo en el semblante de los líderes en las fotos que me parezca siempre el mismo, algo de incredulidad, sorna o hastío.

The local leaders are not idiots either. They have been listening to foreigners' bullshit for generations: the colonial administration, the national elites, churches, aid workers... without the promised changes having happened or little or any substantial improvement in the long run. Perhaps that is why, although the meetings were in different towns, the face expressions of the leaders are similar to me: all have a pinch of incredulity, sarcasm and ennui.

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Yokai - 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Fantastic portraits! Love their natural expressions. Thanks for the detailed explanation.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Yokai - 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Hi! Thank you very much for visiting and for your very nice comment

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful portraits and fascinating info, on a place I have never read about or been to...
Great camera work!
ps.. thanks for "liking" my sunset shots of the mill & surrounds!
Nice to hear from you & see your fine camera work!
+1smile+1

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Rachele Schneekloth 2 months, 1 week ago

Such beautiful faces.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 2 months, 1 week ago

thanks for the comment. Beutiful people, indeed

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 1 week ago

The portraits are real and true. Love this post

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you very much Antonio for your kind comment and for favouriting so many pics. Cheers

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Francesc 2 months, 1 week ago

Fantásticos retratos y explicación. Realmente tienen un gran parecido. Feliz día!

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Francesc 2 months, 1 week ago

Gracias por tu comentario Francesc!! Me alegro muchísimo que te haya gustado el post

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