This series of pictures were taken during my fieldwork in Chiapas, and illustrate the various political uses of San Cristóbal’s main plaza. The plaza, which faces the town’s famous cathedral is a highly touristic place. Named “Plaza de la Paz” (Peace plaza), it serves as the ending point of protests. My time in Mexico coincided with the disappearing of 43 […]

Gathering thatch for roofing, rural Guinea-Bissau (2010) Kids in rural Guinea-Bissau (2010) Fashion show in Ziguinchor, Senegal (2010) Mother-daughter fieldwork team, rural Guinea-Bissau (2010) Baby Amada, rural Guinea-Bissau (2002)   Wedding dance, rural Guinea-Bissau (2003)

This photograph was taken during the talent portion of the Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) cultural pageant in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The research examines a state-wide Alaska Native pageant, Miss WEIO from three perspectives: 1) The young women who develop culturally based leadership skills; 2) The community, who gains language and cultural, revitalization and maintenance role models; 3) And the […]

Lara Stein Pardo, Mapping Arts-Miami, Zora Neale Hurston, 2007 This photograph was taken at the approximate location where Zora Neale Hurston lived on a boat during her time in Miami. It is from the Mapping Arts Project (http://mappingartsproject.org/miami/artists/zora-neale-hurston/).