• Crossroads

    Bilal works at a night shop on Falconplein, a sprawling square in the north of Antwerp and a short walk from the city’s red-light district. He arrived in Belgium eight years ago from Afghanistan and now works long hours at his cousin’s shop, which is open 24/7. Bilal hopes to move to the U.K., study medicine, and become a doctor.

    The Nachtwinkels of Antwerp

    In Belgium, neighborhood convenience stores run by immigrants and ethnic minorities are facing prejudice and fines. But these shops are a vital part of a city in flux.

  • In Flux

  • Icons

    The ladder acts as a central axis holding the universe together. According to anthropologist Elsie Clews Parsons, for the Acoma, “the Earth Mother is held in position by the Galaxy arching overhead, and a stick-image of the Mother is called [a] center pole; it holds the four stratified skies and the four stratified earths together, so to speak, a pole of gravity.”

    Ladders to Other Worlds

    For many Pueblo Indians, the ladder is at once a practical tool and a powerful metaphor. The ladder is used to descend and ascend—and to cross multiple worlds.

  • Culture Lab

    “Throw Me Something, Mister!”

    Mardi Gras is much more than a debaucherous party. The exchange of gifts in parades and parties binds New Orleans’ diverse communities together.

  • Reflections

    An archaeologist’s photographic montages evoke the struggles of Plains Indian tribes in the 19th century and honor the sacred power of forgotten historical places.

    Conflict on the Plains

    An archaeologist’s photographic montages evoke the struggles of Plains Indian tribes in the 19th century and honor the sacred power of forgotten historical places.