Photo: Matthew Gervais. Title: From the Family Farm

From the Family Farm

PHOTO: Matthew Gervais 

Yasawa-i-rara Village, Yasawa Island, Fiji. A mother and her three-year-old son return from the family farm in an old kayak, hauling freshly-harvested cassava roots, fish, and a bundle of firewood for the family hearth. Her two older sons walked the several kilometers home with their father. Extended families and clans are the economic backbone of Yasawan villages, but nuclear families with few kin nonetheless find support in times of need. In the distance, another villager sets out for a Saturday evening spent line fishing for Sunday dinner.