Cleary Vaughan-Lee, the Education Director at the Global Oneness Project writes:
I recently discovered Ursula K. Le Guin’s book, “Words Are My Matter,” a compilation of her writings from the past sixteen years. She writes, “Through story, every culture defines itself and teaches its children how to be people and members of their people—Hmong, !Kung, Hopi, Quechua, French, Californian…” She continues, “What a child needs, what we all need, is to find some other people who have imagined life along lines that make sense to us and allow some freedom, and listen to them. Not hear passively, but listen.”
Photographer Jane Baldwin has done just that. Over the past decade, Baldwin visited the Kara tribe living in the Omo River Valley region of southwestern Ethiopia. Baldwin’s striking photos document the Kara women’s point of view; they are at risk of displacement due to changes in land management and a hydroelectric dam which is threatening their way of life.
In this lesson, students explore the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and the role of women in society.