African photographer Kyle Weeks took a series of portraits of Himba men mining palm wine.
Palm wine, as an alcoholic beverage, is very popular in Asia and Africa. The drink is created from the juice of some types of palm trees - coconut, palm, sugar and others. Collecting palm juice is not easy. Specially trained people, risking their lives, climb to the very tops of trees and insert wooden stakes into the trunk of a palm tree. Next, the uppermost part of the stem is cut from the plant, which causes a white liquid to rise up the trunk. This liquid is collected in vessels and left outside for natural fermentation.
Interestingly, in Namibia, the state is forbidden to extract palm wine, and the reason is very tragic - after giving up the juice, palm trees usually die. But local tribes still continue to engage in the wine industry, explaining this by the preservation of cultural traditions, as well as excellent sales.
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