Your Week on ViewFind: February 19, 2016

This week on ViewFind, a photo editor reflects on a harrowing story, the Himba keep their culture alive, the women of Laos take back their land, and indigenous wrestlers enter the ring in Bolivia.

As Sue Klebold Speaks Out, We Revisit How the Rocky Mountain News Covered Columbine

Almost 17 years ago, Rocky Mountain News Photo Director Janet Reeves was sitting in a morning news meeting when a city desk editor burst in through the door. “She said, ‘There’s been a school shooting’ and, we didn’t have to tell anyone — our photographers just raced out the door,” Reeves recalled in an interview with ViewFind.

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The Himba: Mirrors of the Namib Desert

by Jeremy Lock

Namibia’s Namib Desert is an effortlessly beautiful landscape that shows its age with ancient scars carved into the earth. Unique shapes and patterns form over great lengths of time as the winds transform, shape and move this majestic landscape. The Himba are indigenous peoples that match the beautiful terrain in which they live.

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These Women Save Lives, One Bomb at a Time

by Tessa Bunney

Pheng’s husband didn’t know his next step would be his last. While out foraging for food for his wife and their five children, he stepped on one of the millions of tons of unexploded ordnance (UXO) dropped on Laos by the United States during the Vietnam War.

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Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia

by Eduardo Leal

Every Sunday afternoon in El Alto, a city in western Bolivia, hundreds of locals and tourists wait at the door of the 12th October Sports Complex to see the next women’s wrestling match. The fights are a duel between indigenous women known as “cholitas,” renowned for wearing unique outfits, braided hair under a bowler hat, and a pollera, the Spanish term for a brightly colored, layered skirt.

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