A collection of photos of daily life in and around my home. Most have been taken in Mfuba Village, but some also come from nearby Mumana Lupando and other villages where I spend time.
Ba Allan and Ba Abel working on a raised-platform goat shelter.
Allan Jr. eating icisongole, a delicious wild fruit that looks like brains inside.
Bwalya and Boyd helping me plant avocado seeds in my yard. They’ve told me I’ll have to come back in 10 years or so, so we can eat avocados together.
My brother Lee, teaching the Mfuba kids “the sprinkler” dance.
Agri and Katongo showing off their homemade “motoka.”
Annette stoking up the fire to cook her family’s lunch.
Tough ladies: Ba Memory, Ba Annette, and Ba Florence, harvesting millet with babies on their backs.
Hundreds of bags of maize, just waiting to be weighed and purchased at the FRA government shed in nearby Lubushi.
Ba Agatha, aka Ba Angata, aka Bana Brenda, aka Banakulu Ino, with her 2-year-old daughter, Gracious, aka Gile.
Obed. (He’s standing in a partially demolished house that was being enlarged.)
Maria in my field.
Seven-year-old Doro carrying a huge bundle of roofing grass.
Katongo is such a strong little dude! He regularly insists on lugging heavy things for me – including this 10-liter jug of water.
Clowning around with the Mutale family. L to R: Gile, Ba Agatha, me, Bwalya, and Webby. Notice Agatha playing with my braid. Women and kids of all ages love to just play with my hair, casually and without ever asking.
Bana Ino farming with baby Knowledge on her back.
Ba Allan shows off his latest beehive design.
Ba Allan Mwango puts the final touches on the wooden cooking spoons he makes. The plastic bellows at right is what stokes the fire to heat his metal tools.
Ba Allan and Ba Bernardi watch the fire they started to make a firebreak around the Mfuba Co-op’s field.
Burning designs into wooden cooking sticks.
Doris holds out a mumpa caterpillar as (L to R) Obed, Annette, and Allan mug for the camera.
Ba Allan planting trees with some of Mfuba’s younger residents.
Ba Priscilla rolling on the muddy ground as part of her village wedding.
Muddy feet and muzungu feet. (The former are Stephen and Boyd’s.)
Boke and Allan Jr. play an intense game of drafts on my new front porch. Drafts is kinda like checkers, using bottle caps, a hand-drawn cardboard board, and slightly different rules.
Steven, aka Bwalya, posing with a lizard you can JUST make out in the twisted trunk of the tree at left.
Bwalya poses with a new friend, who came to Mfuba with his family to harvest caterpillars.
Bana Kessia and Bashi Kessia (up top) building a new nsaka at their home.
The guys showing off their “bush instruments” at Mwaba’s wedding.
Stephen and Gile enjoying an apple on my front porch.
A simple but beautiful braid design in progress.
My brother Lee looks up at Cila and Boyd in my nsaka.
Allan & me, waiting for a thief. This was toward the end of our vigil, just after the sun had risen through the trees.
Bashi Patty, Bashi Chola, and Ba Abel burning the heads of handles to make new inkasu (hoes).
Obed (foreground) and Boke are rarely happier than when they get to help me with some chore.
Many hands trying to capture an inyense – a bug that kids love to dig up and eat.
Ba Scolastica with two of her kids, Charles and Loyci, shelling maize.
Lee getting into the role of a sugar daddy. Although the girls assured me they’d never follow a REAL sugar daddy, they loved Lee.
Bwalya and Boyd making compost.
Me fetching water for the first time, at Ba Agatha and Ba Bernardi’s well.
Women in pants! Ba Brenda and I took this photo because I was so shocked to see another woman in Mfuba wearing pants! Now I’m not the only one!
Girls of Mfuba, playing on a recently chopped-down tree. (I was told it was shading out a small orange tree, so it just had to go.)
This just happened in my yard one day. Stephen, aka Bwalya, started doing head stands. Then the smaller kids all wanted to try.
Ba Nellis dumping water on Ba Priscilla as part of a wedding ceremony for Ba Priscilla.
Lee dodging “HIV risks” as part of a Grassroots obstacle course.
Lavenda, chewing on some amasuku fruit. (The bowl was a common theme with the kids in my yard that day.)
The best part of my job.
Chola (in green sweater at right) with friends/cousins Mavis, Memory, Naomi, and, at the back, some girl who was visiting.
Martin and Fabby show off their bird-hunting skills. (The slightly bloody bag Martin’s carrying contains the dead birds.)
Boyd helping bricklayer Ba Chilando build my tool shed.
Images of life in and around Mfuba Village.
Newly installed in October 2013, Mfuba’s first borehole is still an exciting new development.
Ba Allan, trying unsuccessfully to play the bush guitar. (“Bush” because it’s homemade.)
Allan Jr., Katongo, and Agri after bringing dried bean vines to my field.
Ba Allan and the guys dancing the morning after Allan’s eldest daughter’s all-night wedding/”kitchen party.”
Annette and Jess show off their homemade umbrellas.
More Mfuba schoolkids with their drawings.
Watching the Mfuba vs. Mumana Lupanda bola (football) game.
Men of Mfuba hamming it up while waiting for the Zambian FRA to weigh and buy their maize. Left to right: a guy I dont know, Ba Maxwell, Ba Ronaldi, and Bashi Simfia.
Kamfwa and Obed clowning around on a bent tree in my yard.
Men of the Mfuba Multipurpose Co-op pounding maize cobs to remove the kernels.
Making a broom from dried grasses. This kind of broom is meant for sweeping inside the house.
Katongo, Evet, and and Agri drawingin my nsaka. Pictures on the wall are a collection of drawings from all the neighborhood kids.
Muso looking up from a big sack of groundnuts.
Lazaro (right) shows off his homemade helmet.
Ba Allan Mwango teaching our Grassroots Soccer “team” about HIV at the Mumana Lupando Primary School.
Doro in my yard.
Ba Mary and Ba Marita lifted my spirits by enthusiastically helping me teach other village women how to make soya cake and banana-soya biscuits!
Ba Juliet, Ba Miriam, and Banakulu Mishek, prepping the community demonstration plot.
Bana Cibusa handing painted rocks to Ba Nellis and the bride, Ba Priscilla, at her village wedding.
Ba Allan Mwango planting a juniper seedling with his son, Timo, left, and some neighbor kids.
Ba Dorothy, harvesting amale (millet) in her own sweet time.
Mfubans watching a bola (football/soccer) match.
Donna and Doro “reading” on my front porch.
Ba Annette eating ubwali with some local kids while waiting for the government to weigh and buy her maize.
Annette with her currently gap-toothed smile.
Lee and Ba Lister harvesting groundnuts in my field.
They may be adorable, but in Bemba, the kids of Mfuba get no respect.
Katongo getting a splinter out of his little brother Agri’s foot.
Circle of friends.
Stephen and Allan Jr. playing a homemade strategy game with bottle caps and nails.
Lavenda and Doro “reading” on my front porch.
The Kashalyashi Women’s Co-op harvesting millet.
Agri, Annette, and Katongo (riding atop the beans).
Mfuba schoolkids showing off their drawings.
Hangin’ out with some of my favorite people in Mfuba: Bwalya, Ba Agatha, and Gile (looking up from the corner).
Ba Bernardi chastising an accused maize thief.
Making bricks. This one really made the guys crack up.
This photo shows possibly my very favorite hairstyle in Mfuba. It also marks the first time Melba smiled at me! (For most of my first year in Mfuba, she dissolved into sobs upon seeing me, but I’ve slowly won her over, and this photo shoot represented a very happy turnaround.)
Norida, Precious, Lister, and Mavis hold up their cipumi harvest.
Ba Deria, grinding millet. That’s “ukupela amale,” in Bemba.
Mavis doing laundry.
Boyd with the charcoal brazier that doubles as a drum or “heat necklace” when the coals have gotten very low.
Joyci, Stephen, and Gile goofing around atop some maize sacks in their family’s nsaka.
Ba Bernardi, working on my roof.
Ba Jennifer washing leafy greens in her garden with baby daughter Beauty on her back. All these veggies together cost about 1 kwacha.
Do I look fat? Chola, at right, has also given me the fat compliment.
Playing with a homemade ball at the school.
Boyd sewing maize sacks.
Kamfwa, surrounded by friends.
Ba Agatha and Ba Elizabeth winnowing the chaff from the maize.
Ba Abraham and Ba Bernardi working on my porch roof.
Nine young Mfubans piled into Adam’s tent when he visited for SSV. They watched its construction with awe and were overjoyed to be allowed inside.
Cynthia (the immune system) keeps the ball (disease) away from Boyd (the human body) in Grassroots Soccer.
Maria and Cila get their dance on while Allan Jr., Agri, and Muso drum.
Me workin’ in my field.
Ba Boston repairing a bathing shelter.
Norida, Lavenda, and Annette taking a nap after collecting caterpillars all morning.
Man playing a hand-made “bush bass” at a wedding in Chisamba.
Boyd chopping down a dead tree that threatened to fall down on my icimbusu.
Lavenda eating millet-cassava ubwali with cabbage.
Huddled for warmth: Obed, Doro, me, and Cila
GLOW girls! Joyci, Doris, and Gladys explaining their drawings of the future. Notice Gladys has had to bring her little brother to the meeting because she’s the one looking after him.
Sisters Ba Lister and Ba Judith dancing with “stolen” baseball caps at “American Culture Day” in Mfuba.
Kids playing in their usual spot, on the main path in front of my house.
Ba Agatha talking with her daughter Gile while cooking ubwali over a traditional three-stone fire.
Stephen and Allan Jr. patiently copying down the day’s English lesson.
Bwalya fetching water at his family’s well.
Jackson (left) and Amos trying to dribble multiple balls during our Grassroots Soccer practice.
Ba Bernardi, reenacting the killing. Isn’t he a total badass?
Lee swinging Maria – one of at least a dozen kids with whom he had to repeat this exercise.
Chola getting something out of Doro’s hair.
Cila, Line, and Donna play a singin’ game on my front porch. Minus is in the middle.
Loyci with her little sister, Muso.
Katongo and another of his super-kid feats: wheeling a massive load of dried bean vines to my field.
Ba Betisheba, exhausted after her all-night, pre-wedding “kitchen party.” Unlike in American weddings, this isn’t supposed to be fun for her.
Mwango, Iggy, and Milimo convince me to take the most prized of all photos: one of them with my fancy bike.
Members of the Youth Club in the community demonstration field.
Boyd and Mavis contra dancing at my “American Culture” day in Mfuba.
Ba Evans, working on Ba Bernardi’s new metal roof.
Family photo in the garden. Ba Better and Ba Jennifer pose with their rape and a few of their kids and grandkids.
Bwalya packing down dried grasses for my compost pile.
Dan hangin’ out in a tree.
“Iwe! Sweep my yard!” Young girls like Cila (left) and Joyci get no respect in Bemba. But they really seem to love helping out around the house.
Cleaning cipumi caterpillars: live, squirming ones are in the green bucket; “clean” ones are in the dish at the bottom of the photo.
Old bike tires = fun toys!
Me demonstrating how to properly use the icimbusu. My neighbors would shit themselves if they knew that my brother and I had entered the pit toilet together to take this.
My Mfuba buddies: Left to right, Joyci, Annette, Obed, Memory, Doro, and Allan.
Maria, Chola, and Katongo atop a big groundnut drying rack
Ba Allan Mwango carving wooden cooking sticks. He owns a few pairs of shoes, but rarely wears them around the house.
Cousins and best friends Ba Nellis and Ba Mwaba pose after Mwaba’s all-night wedding/”kitchen party.”
Norida pounding mpundu fruits in her family’s ibende (mortar).
Kids hangin’ out at the Mutales’ place on a Saturday.
Kamfwa, Katongo, Muso, and Cila all trying to do hand stands against the back wall of my house.
Me and Ba Lister carrying groundnuts from my field.
Joyci, Lavenda, Agri, Katongo, and Donna having a grand old time in a pile of dried bean vines.
Katongo (hidden by his giant load) and Agri arrive in my field.
Homework time on my front porch.
Ba Freddy and Ba Judith, on their way back from the field.
Loyci with baby brother Musonda on her back.
Ba Nellis carrying a big ol’ load of firewood – and baby Terese.
Gile, sporting my baseball cap while (sort of) helping to shell maize.
Members of the Kapanda Anti-AIDS Club playing a game about stigma.
Katongo riding in a borrowed wheelbarrow on the way back from my field.
Instructional paintings inside the bride’s parents’ house. These are interpreted in an all-night ceremony the night before the marriage.
Lavenda, Norida, and Annette with their morning’s caterpillar harvest.
Ba Bernardi and Ba Abraham pass poles up to Ba Ronaldi while building the roof to my tool shed.
Agri and Katongo, eating dried caterpillars (in Katongo’s shirt) at my front door.
Ba Abel and Ba Allan showing off the stand atop which they will build their second mud-brick bee hive.
Katongo and Lavenda clowning around.
Boyd, Bwalya, and Allan Jr. throwing mud up out of the brick pit.
GLOW Girls: future women of Mfuba.
Finished broom made from wetland grasses.
Ba Bernardi and his son, Boyd, demolishing the back end of their house so they can expand it.
Banakulu Teba weaving wetland grasses into a broom.
Whoa, check it out … Boyd & Bwalya have the sticks.
Stephen teaching me how to properly “ukusapika” my field.
Annette with one of the more elaborate hairstyles. This one, like many others, isn’t actually braided but is created from wrapping thread around the hair.
Doris helps Minus braid her doll’s hair while Jess watches with her own doll. The dolls are made from banana stalks.
Cila drawing out the board for a game called “Eagle.”
Allan and Boke (right) harvesting maize. Boke’s little sister Melba was along for the adventure.
Stephen and Boyd making bricks.
Harriet, Katongo, and a friend try to put air into their leaky soccer ball with a leaky bicycle pump.
Martin & Kamfwa holding (respectively) a brick and the “sweeties” they were given (not DIRECTLY by me …) to carry bricks from the school to my nsaka.
Lavenda with her banana-stalk doll.
Ladies of Mfuba, posing in their ever-colorful outfits.
Ba Mary plays the drums (with Arnoldi and Obed) at her daughter Mwaba’s wedding/”kitchen party.”
Ba Nellis and Ba Mwaba performing one of the many wedding rituals.
Joyci explains her drawing of her future aspirations, at an Mfuba GLOW Club meeting.
My ibende (mortar and pestle), with sticky mpundu fruit still on the pestle.
A crowd of Mfubans gather to watch FIVE muzungus – the most ever in the village at one time – when I hosted Second Site Visit for the new LIFE PCTs.
Mavis (carrying Neftali) and Evet.
Chola throwing rocks at an imifutu tree to knock down the delicious black fruits.
Ba Martha doing her own snake-killing reenactment.
Ba Scolastica braids Ba Agatha’s hair while her baby, Musonda, checks out the camerawoman.
Jess shows off her doll, which she made herself out of the inside of a banana stalk.
Cila hopping on one foot while playing “Eagle” in her yard.
Banakulu Teba, Ba Mary, Banakulu Mishek, and Banakulu Line shelling maize for the Mfuba Multipurpose Co-op.
Arnoldi, Obed, and Allan Jr. show off their haul of wild mushrooms.
Women often carry the biggest loads – figuratively and literally.
Katongo, Boke, Allan Jr., and Doris digging for inyense, an edible insect.
Bwalya helping Joyci into the communal wheelbarrow.
Caterpillars drying in the sun at “caterpillar camp,” aka the Mfuba community nsaka.
Ba Mary and Ba Agatha, doling out fertilizer.