- Listed: January 12, 2021 7:10 am
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Thursday, January 21st at 7pm via Zoom, the public is invited to hear Sitka photographer Ernest Manewal speak and show slides from his travels in Ethiopia.
This event is part of Sitka Public Library’s Armchair Travels speaker series and will be held via Zoom. Participants must register by 12 noon on the 21st. For more info. or to Register, please contact Margot at Sitka Library 747-4020 or email email@example.com.
REMINDER: Register by Noon Today (Thursday, Jan. 21)
Manewal traveled to Ethiopia three years ago and spent three weeks traveling around the country by bus. He was inspired to make this trip after reading articles and hearing about Ethiopia on KCAW.
Before visiting Ethiopia, I thought it was a large unified country in the Horn of Africa and that all the people looked like the former ruler Haile Selassie. I was wrong, of course. Ethiopia is a large land-locked country – almost twice the size of Texas – in East Africa. It is predominantly an Orthodox Coptic Christian country, although approx. 33% of the country is Moslem…Ethiopia is a federation of nine provinces based on different tribal groups with different languages…there are over 80 different tribes in Ethiopia and nearly as many languages. There is no “national” language. At one time there were 10 provinces, but Eritrea (the province on the Red Sea) broke away and became independent (leaving the other nine provinces landlocked).
In his presentation, Manewal anticipates he will talk about visiting the capital city of Addis Ababa, the distinctive food, the people (especially the children and young people); also the climate and temperatures, the national parks and wildlife, plants & trees; and the churches, many of which feature paintings of biblical scenes (for the instruction of those who are illiterate).
Ed. note: Image #1 is Ernest Manewal’s photo of the Church of St. George (one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia). St. George, says Manewal, is the patron saint of Ethiopia.
Image #2 is Ernest Manewal’s photo of a Christian art motif inside a Coptic church
Image #3 shows the location of Ethiopia on the African continent (within the red square), and is from www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/ethiopia.htm
Ernest Manewal has lived in Sitka for decades, and has traveled widely in Southeast Alaska. Among his Alaska photos is a an eye-catching one that shows a black oystercatcher at St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge. This photo was included in the book he published with his daughter Larisa Manewal in 2015 – Southeast Alaska: A Photographic Passage. To read more about Ernest & Larisa Manewal and their joint venture on this photo-rich personal take on SE Alaska, go to the Juneau Empire article by Mary Catherine Martin on Nov. 4, 2015; the article can be found here: www.juneauempire.com/life/southeast-alaska-a-photographic-passage/
He has also traveled extensively outside of Alaska & the U.S., including several trips to Thailand.
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