Cornell University Library Digital Collections

Householder drying unhusked rice in courtyard

About the collection

This collection of original photographs and drawings is drawn from ethnographic research on architecture and traditional domestic life in Sri Lanka, conducted in various periods between 1965 and 2012, by Bonnie and Robert MacDougall. These original images, as well as other visual records, pertain to lifeways and hereditary practices in the Central Highlands, and more particularly to a single remote Sinhala community, Mimure,* in the hinterlands of the Kandy District. Although the collection is focused primarily on images, it also includes information on additional publications (under Resources as addenda) pertaining to the community. In this way, it joins a vigorous twentieth-century ethnographic record to the little Sri Lankan community, which is otherwise regrettably without a significant visual dimension.