Toreto – Ilparakuyo
Maasai, Tanzania (September 2007)
Mama Toreto helps with the transcription of a song I recorded, twenty-seven years before, in which she commemorates the birth of her granddaughter. She is overwhelmed by the memories that her singing evokes. “I had no idea what you were doing then,” she told me. Her co-wife sits behind. (First Place, American Anthropological Association Photo Contest, 2008)
Of this photo, Amy Goldenberg, Production Editor of Anthropology News wrote, "Your photo Mama Toreto was selected as the First Place Winner in the photo contest, from 294 entries received. The review committee found this image quite powerful, was impressed with the composition and content of the shot, and noted its technical excellence. We found that it communicated an important message about the complex nature of anthropological work and the relationships you have formed over time in the field. In addition, your photo Toreto’s Courtyard was selected as a finalist."