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