14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
An Akha lady helps her daughter with her headdress.
This is probably the photo I'm most proud of. An Akha lady helps her daughter with her traditional headdress, made up of silver coins and specially-woven embroidery. On a deeper level, after having captured this moment and upon reflection, the emotions of both individuals exemplifies cultural loss and its significance in today's world - the young girl which represents younger generations often hold the responsibility to pass down cultural practices but as a result of modernization, there is much reluctance and increasing abandonment of such traditions.
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||April 3, 2016, 4:55 a.m.