Mien Girl

Mae Suai, Thailand

A trail in the mountains of northern Thailand near the Myanmar border brought us to a Mien tribe village. Their representative to our group was this tiny ambassador, whose curiosity with the camera was overwhelming. After I photographed her, I detected some disappointment in her that I was unable to produce a "Polaroid of her moment", as a predecessor of mine had obviously been able to do. I did a quick sketch of her in my journal there alongside the dirt path and gave her the drawing.