The Apatani are a non-nomadic, nature worshipping tribe who consider the Sun and the Moon their God, the Sun considered female and called Mother Sun. They have a sibling relationship with nature and perceive prosperity as a harmonious condition between man and nature.
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"Donyi Polo Apatani,"
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2, Article 18.
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Sej Saraiya is a fine-art and documentary photographer and creative director who has spent the last several years documenting indigenous cultures around the world. She graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2009, and has since traveled to the deep interiors of Asia and the Americas, capturing portraits that tell stories of cultures on the brink of extinction. She has two major bodies of work: Advaita (2015) which focuses on the universal ‘interwovenness’ of all living beings, and Faces of the Indigenous (2018), an on-going and powerful document on rapidly vanishing cultures around the world, which recently won a GIIFF award in Los Angeles. Her artwork hangs in private collections in Belgium, Switzerland, California, Vancouver, New York, and India. sejalsaraiya.com