Tropical Diversity

01 April 2010

When you grow up in a small Minnesota town of 2,200 people - surrounded by Catholic and Lutheran churches - diversity is a Methodist congregation. So when Avi told me we were going to attend her aunt's Hindu wedding in southern Trinidad I was more than excited.

Even though my childhood community was quite sheltered, I had the advantage of a good education and access to resources to learn about life beyond the farm fields. But nothing prepared me for the explosion of culture I would experience in Trinidad - Afro-Trinidadians, Indo-Trinidadians, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Steel Pan, Tasa Drum, Calypso, Doubles, PNM, and on and on...

As the plans were made I was adamant that I would not be available to be the designated photographer. I wanted to observe it as part of the family - soaking in the vibrant details - not buzzing around like a hired witness. So we hopped on a plane and spent the weekend with her family for the wedding - me in my kurta, and Avi in her sari.

It was a wonderful time, and as I sat there in the pink-walled Hindu temple I couldn't help but think back to the days when I thought Methodists were exotic.

Esperance, Trinidad


Posted by Cháron Marie on April 2, 2010 4:36 PM:

Wow the colors really pop! LOL @ "hired witness".

Posted by Tamika Gilbert on April 5, 2010 3:04 PM:

This is way too pretty....

Posted by Kirtia Arthur on November 25, 2010 5:13 PM:

Feel so proud to be Trini. Can't help but be open minded when you have had the honor to know diversity in its truest form! Thank you for capturing.

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