Palagama Village, Sri Lanka

Kusum Jayaweera – Sairee Weaver

Ravindra Dissanayake – Passionfruit Farmer

Themis Appu – Tooth Doctor

W. Sumenapalia – Serpent Physician

SRI LANKA - PALAGAMA VILLAGE

The Global Story Project, a project in partnership with Colorado State University and Sarvodaya International 

In 2015, Dominica Zhu traveled to Sri Lanka with colleagues Taylor Clay and Bianca Anderson to document indigenous elders from the Palagama Village in Sri Lanka, a rural agricultural village that  sat a few hours outside of the city, Colombo. This project was done in partnership with Sarvodaya International, the largest development organization in the country whose network is rooted in 15,000 eco-villages and works to create collective peace and eradicate poverty through strong philosophies in spiritual tradition. 

Dozens of interviews were conducted, recorded and preserved with the most crucial community leaders of this village, including its medicine people, spiritual leaders, artists. These interviews and recordings were shared back with Sarvodaya International to be protected and preserved.

Kusum Jayaweera – Sairee Weaver

Photo Credit: Bianca Anderson

Kusum Jayaweera - Sairee Weaver
Kusum Jayaweera - Sairee Weaver 2

Muthubanda Madhurapperuma – Grandfather

Photo Credit: Bianca Anderson

Muthubanda Madhurapperuma - Grandfather Sri Lanka 2
Muthubanda Madhurapperuma - Grandfather Sri Lanka

Ravindra Dissanayake – Passionfruit Farmer

Photo Credit: Bianca Anderson

Ravindra Dissanayake - Passionfruit Farmer
Ravindra Dissanayake - Passionfruit Farmer Sri Lanka 2

Themis Appu – Tooth Doctor

Photo Credit: Bianca Anderson

Themis Appu - Tooth Doctor
Themis Appu - Tooth Doctor Sri Lanka 2
Themis Appu - Tooth Doctor Sri Lanka 1
Themis Appu - Tooth Doctor Sri Lanka 3

W. Sumenapalia – Serpent Physician

Photo Credit: Bianca Anderson

W. Sumenapalia - Serpent Physician
W. Sumenapalia - Serpent Physician 2