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A portrait of a friend's mother, Mpatiyo Muli Lekutuk, from Amboseli, Kenya. She holds a beautiful necklace she made for me as a guest at her village. She was preoccupied when I took this photo with preparations for her son's wedding, and reminded me of a someone clutching a rosary in classic church paintings. After the death of her husband she looked after the family's cattle heard, the main source of wealth and prestige for Masai people, and raised a large family of children who are educated and now prominent in the community. Always grateful for this family's hospitality.

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Date Taken: 03.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Amobeli , Kenya
Copyright: © Natalia Mroz