Fransiska, Maria Goreti and Porsiana, Flores

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Our work brings us into contact with remarkable people from around the archipelago, whose intelligence, creativity, and stories of triumph or survival find expression in the unique artworks they produce. Some are poor and marginalized; others were raised in village palaces built of wood and buffalo hide. They are mothers and fathers, community leaders, innovative artists, and inheritors of ancient cultural traditions. Here are a few of their stories.