“Mirror yourself in their world and lives”
Ethical cultural tourism is a sensitive subject, many articles have been written for and against this type of trip. We will discuss on this safari: Do the financial benefits outweigh the inevitable erosion of pristine culture? Would these people be better left alone’ untouched by the outside world? What is social development and prosperity in terms of these cultures? Who are the agents of change?
Key points to observe whilst on safari:
- Arrive & greet the villagers. Spend some time shaking hands with the elders.
- Listen to your trip leader’s advice on how to greet people, observe any cultural barriers between men and women.
- Keep your cameras in their bags until we all agree the time is right. Ask before shooting!
- Seek out one of our interpreters and ask questions.
- Spend time seeking understanding or the meaning behind dress/body adornment. These are an important social distinctions.
- Allow your guide to negotiate with the elders and their selected representatives.
- Once entry to the village is agreed, you will then need to pay individuals directly for whatever photographs you take.
- Accept that photography is a commercial transaction – they understand that and are not ashamed of it.
- Be open minded about what you see and encourage a connection before capturing the moment on film.
- We may not all be able to photograph some rituals or ceremonies.
- In some cases the tribal experience will not be so pristine’ in our own pre-conceived motions of “tribal”.
- Modern life and changes are inevitable facts of life; we encourage you to embrace the good and the indifferent.
- We are the last generation to observe a life carved by the centuries, now entering a new phase of development’.
- The goal of these trips is to learn and expand our own horizons.