I’ve just been reading about a little island called Kihnu, seven miles west  off the coast of Estonia in the Baltic Sea, where women run the show. It’s also often referred to as one of the last matriarchal societies left in the world. This is because historically, Kihnu’s men spend most of the year fishing at sea to provide for their families back home. While they’re away, the women lead the community of 400 strong, cultivating a vibrant folk culture while protecting and preserving their ancient traditions. The BBC published this beautiful video about their culture, which features photographer Anne Helene Gjelstad. She’s been working to document this unique culture and identity at risk of disappearing as the younger generation moves away from the islands.

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