Photovoices Process in Lamalera
Forty-four photographers, including men and women with a range of ages and social status, were provided cameras and training to document this unique whaling culture, not only the drama of the whale hunt but the rich adat (traditional) culture surrounding whaling. In addition, students in the middle school were provided with 6 cameras to share in order to get the views of the younger people in the village. The Photovoices school project was so successful that the Principal asked and received permission for Photovoices to become a permanent part of the curriculum. The cameras were donated by Photovoices to the Lamalera Middle School.
At the end of the Photovoices project and the celebratory closing exhibit, village officials and traditional leaders asked to extend the project—not to take more pictures—but to take time to get deeper stories about some of the 17,000 pictures produced by the project, to write down the stories and use Photovoices pictures and stories as a way to strengthen the culture and to reintroduce the ancient stories to the young people.