Indigenous Voices: Glimpses into the Margins of Modern Development
Indigenous Voices will take you somewhere rarely seen by the public eye, into the mountains of northern Thailand.
There, communities of indigenous peoples have for generations been living fairly traditional lives even in the wake of an encroaching modern world culture. However, their traditional cultures are literally vanishing as modernity is shifting centuries of learning and indigenous knowledge aside.
We, step-by-step, learn about some of the effects that modern economic development has had on these communities, and we hear what some of these villagers have to say about this. We explore what this may mean for all of us humans.
Indigenous Voices is not merely a book of photography. This book encompasses five years of the author’s field research. It is intended as a textbook of sorts for those who are interested in gaining foundational understandings into the societal effects of globalization.
This thesis is engineered as a part-by-part experiential learning model. Each included community is undergoing a particular stage in the development continuum, and each part of this book will bring you to a new level of understanding into development related issues.
In addition to providing the general public with a window into the seldom seen world of mountain village life, this culture preservation project additionally explores economic development related effects on human society overall and how environment related changes alter relationships among ourselves and our natural environment.
Are you ready for this journey?
[Check out: “The Human Story in Every Place,” a brief article that encapsulates the essence of this body of Work.]
The Indigenous Voices Book and Villagers’ Voices
This book project, as a societal context, aims to document villagers’ daily lives, while also addressing the influences that modern development is having on their traditional livelihoods.
To better understand northern Thailand’s indigenous peoples and their overall situation, I’ve used the seamlessly paired integration of both text and lifestyle photography, prose, and in-depth interviews — “voices” of villagers 14-84 years old and from three different ethnicities.
They open up the doors of their homes and help us understand. Are you ready for this journey?
CLICK ON THE BUTTONS BELOW AND EXPERIENCE PARTS OF THIS BOOK AND THE “VILLAGERS’ VOICES.”
Where indicated, the left button will reveal a one-page “villagers’ voice” transcript, addressing various ‘social issues.’ …
The right button reveals this ‘voice,’ fragmented into sentences combined with village documentary photographs.