Photography Show: "Sacred Groves of Sierra Leone and India"
Open Daily to the General Public from 10:30am – 4:30pm. Opening reception: Sunday, October 14, 5-7 pm.
This photography show and lecture covers research conducted in both India and Sierra Leone about sacred groves, which are small, forested areas with cultural or spiritual significance to local communities. In India, protecting the forest is a form of respect for a god, and if the forest is harmed, that god may punish the transgressor with illness or death. In Sierra Leone, sacred groves are associated with secret societies and are often where key cultural events occur, including initiation into the secret societies. Professor Ormsby served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone two decades ago and was a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India in 2009-10. Sierra Voss ’13, a senior majoring in environmental studies, accompanied Professor Ormsby to Sierra Leone this past summer to conduct research on the sacred groves.