On the Estonian islands of Kihnu and Manija, Anne Helene Gjelstad beautifully photographs its older women

Geographically isolated, these islands are regarded as the last matriarchal society in Europe – where the older women take care of daily life while their husbands travel the seas.

3 February 2020
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4 minute read


GalleryAnne Helene Gjelstad: Big Heart, Strong Hands


hg0088Portrait of an 85-year-old woman named Kihnu Virve

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