December 11th, 2012 by Autumn Hruby

Elisabeth Sunday, The Tuareg

In Africa, there is a tribe that practices a beautiful ritual. When someone does something hurtful and wrong, they take the person to the center of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds him. For two days they’ll tell the man every good thing he has ever done. The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as Good, each of us desiring safety, love, peace, and happiness. But sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help. They band together for the sake of their fellow man to hold him up, to reconnect him with his true Nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth from which he’d temporarily been disconnected. -Unknown Author

I discovered Elisabeth Sunday’s work at an exhibition installed at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive designed by architect Mario J. Ciampi. The exhibition “At The Edge” was curated by Director Lawrence Rinder.

“Emerge” is a series from the Africa VI Portfolio: 2005-2009 photographed by Elisabeth Sunday. The Tuareg, also known as “The Free People of the Desert” have lived in the vast Sahara Desert for thousands of years. They would rather spend their lives free, under the stars and open sky, at liberty in the natural world, than anywhere else.


AFRICA VI: TUAREG: 2005-2009


Artist & Photographer, Elisabeth Sunday standing with an Efe Woman in Africa.