One of the most “classic” topics studied by cultural anthropologists is kinship. Back in the discipline’s history, we find Lewis Henry Morgan taking care to decipher the many complex ways human societies trace our relatedness to one another. In Santa Cruz village in southern Belize, families are commonly large and extended, with the term “cousin” and “granny” applied generously to many. Children grow up with co-madres and co-padres, godparents who have a special set of bonds and responsibilities, and shares meals, sleeping spaces and playtime with each other reflecting these relationships. These photographs illustrate some of the different ways and moments in which three children might be related. Whether walking home from school, navigating a cave exploration or attending a wedding, the kinship bonds guiding the family’s network of relationships are flexible and complex- and often subtly apparent, even in the everyday.
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