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Undignified Foreign Dignitary (S Mattison)

Here the photographer’s husband, Peter Mattison, reaffirms the perception that for “patriotic” Americans, diplomacy is better negotiated in the ring. His “guns” were unfortunately no match for his Mosuo opponent’s. He was, however, the first foreigner to engage in, rather than simply behold, the festivities. Photo courtesy Siobhán M Mattison (U Washington)

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Taken on February 24, 2009