Anika Rice

Cultivating More Than a Garden in Guatemala’s Highlands

“I have a saying: Don’t confuse poverty with laziness,” says Doña Francisca Ros Gómez*, also known as Doña Fran. She is a 37-year-old single mother of four living in Huica, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. She is also a ...

Ancient Maya Arts Still Thrive in Chiapas

In 1975, the Taller Leñateros Workshop designed a print of a Maya man riding a bicycle. Shown in profile, his feathery headdress flows out behind him as he crouches low on the bike. This fusion of worlds and time periods ...

Indigenous Voices From Guatemala’s Day of No Violence Against Women

In Huehuetenango, a city in the highlands of western Guatemala, on November 25, indigenous women gathered to declare their rights to a life free of fear, violence, and discrimination. The march was organized by CEDFOG (The Center for Study and Documentation ...

Preserving Traditional Forest Medicine for Future Generations

By Anika Rice, Explorer Programs Northeastern Madagascar’s incredibly diverse forests are home to rich local medicinal traditions. The Makira forest area in particular houses some 250 plant species that are used to treat more than 80 illnesses. Some experts estimate that ...

Asher Jay’s T-shirt for Big Cats Conservation

By Anika Rice “The unique power of art is that it can transcend differences, connect with people on a visceral level, and compel action,” says creative conservationist and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asher Jay. Through her cause-driven artistic projects and ...

A Talk Over Tea: Preserving India’s Indigenous Languages

By Anika Rice, NG Explorer Programs The daily cup of black tea is a global staple, but have you ever thought about the lives of the people who produce this ubiquitous morning beverage? In the northeastern state of Assam, India, ...

Hmong Use Tech to Keep Old Traditions Alive

By Anika Rice, NG Explorer Programs Imagine yourself in a village in the uplands of Northern Vietnam. Terraced rice fields are etched into the landscape, hugged by crisp mountain air from the high-elevation climate. Buffalo or goats from a neighboring ...