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As a priest speaks the final prayers over a deceased woman’s casket in Indonesia, her family surrounds the grave.

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Closing the Casket

A Sikka funeral advances another step when a hammer is seen in the hand of a mourner over the casket. Soon the casket lid closes the deceased in their permanent resting place.

The Sikka people live on the island of Flores in Indonesia. They are predominantly Roman Catholic.

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Grieving

For the Sikka people from the Indonesian island of Flores, funerals for those over seventy years old are viewed as celebrations. This is contrasted with the emotion displayed in the final moments before the casket is closed, when the family’s grief is open to the world.

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Carefully Made

Women from the Sikka people group on the Indonesian island of Flores make handmade blankets and fabrics from locally produced materials. With their natural dyes, the process to create the rich, vibrant, colors takes two years. The yarns are dyed for three months, the dye is changed, and the process repeats. Weaving a large blanket can take more than two weeks of work at a handloom.

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Handmade Fabrics

Women from the Sikka people group on the Indonesian island of Flores make handmade blankets and fabrics from locally produced materials. With their natural dyes, the process to create the rich, vibrant, colors takes two years. The yarns are dyed for three months, the dye is changed, and the process repeats. Weaving a large blanket can take more than two weeks of work at a handloom.

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Checking the Catch

Fishermen check their catch of the day. Because of its location on the coast, the city of Maumere, on the island of Flores, in Indonesia, has a bustling waterfront and fishing economy.

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Day’s Catch

Fishermen line up the day’s catch on the pier. Because of its location on the coast, the city of Maumere, on the island of Flores, in Indonesia, has a bustling waterfront and fishing economy.

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Fish

Because of its location on the coast, the city of Maumere, on the island of Flores, in Indonesia, has a bustling waterfront and fishing economy.

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Waterfront

Because of its location on the coast, the city of Maumere, on the island of Flores, in Indonesia, has a bustling waterfront and fishing economy.

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Life Celebration

In the mountains on the island of Flores in eastern Indonesia, the Sikka people celebrate the life of Loke Sogebuli, who was at least 100 years old and was the oldest woman in the village when she died. For the Sikka people around the village of Maumere, when a person lives more than seventy years, the funeral and music is an expression of thankfulness to God. “

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Celebration of Life

In the mountains on the island of Flores in eastern Indonesia, the Sikka people celebrate the life of Loke Sogebuli, who was at least 100 years old and was the oldest woman in the village when she died. For the Sikka people around the village of Maumere, when a person lives more than seventy years, the funeral and music is an expression of thankfulness to God.

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Twilight

As the sunset finishes its transition to complete dark, a woman poses for a photo. Most of the inhabitants on the island of Flores in Indonesia are Catholic; however, there are a number of recent Muslim immigrants, like this woman.

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Street Market Vendors

While selling her garlic, peppers, and vegetables in the Maumere street market, a Sikka woman interacts with her daughter. The Sikka people live on Flores, an island in eastern Indonesia with a Roman Catholic and Spanish colonial history.

The Sikka people number over 180,000; most are Roman Catholic.

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Pausing for a Photo

A man from the Sikka people group pauses working for a photo. The Sikka people are the traditional residents of Flores, an island in eastern Indonesia with a Spanish colonial history.

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