Language, Medicinal Worldview, “Development,” and Public Health

In leb Lango, the word “yat” is used for both “tree” and “medicine.” What does that say about a human being’s orientation toward his or her environment?  Obviously, trees are thought to be important.  They are important for survival, not to mention their contributions to tasty meals, construction, sourcing charcoal, fighting climate change, and the like. There […]

2 Stories About This Head

1) It was moulded from mud by a primary school drop-out named Bashid, who lives in a village adjacent to Suzan’s.  He’s quite the craftsman.  Here he is in the flesh: 2) A friend came in to our office today, where I am trying to sell this sculpture to benefit its creator.  Our conversation went […]

With The Vicar of Lira and his family

Don’t Call Me “Missionary”

A heavily tattooed woman with short hair and work boots walks down the street confidently as you brush shoulders with her while passing in the opposite direction.  “Must be a lesbian,” you think to yourself. We all categorize people we don’t know.  It’s a survival tactic.  We need to know how to appropriately socialize with […]