Tibeau Cemetery: Falling into the Sea

The taxi driver repeated it back. “You want to go to the Tibeau Cemetery?” He seemed confused and probably suspicious.

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The previous day, I asked the innkeeper about the cemetery.

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Someone who grew up in these islands told us about it and I was very curious.

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Climate change. The innkeeper said, “You must have noticed since your last trip here, we are losing land.”

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The cook overheard me ask, “Are people going to be upset if we’re down there taking a bunch of pictures?”

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“We’ve had some trouble, you know.” She said, “They are stealing identities of the dead.”

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“Oh, really?” I said, “I think that’s how Trump won the election.” She doubled over laughing.

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Some of the dates on the graves were old.

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But some of the ones in the water were as recent as the 1980s.

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I saw a bone.

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It could have been from an animal.

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I thought I should take a picture of the bone because no one would believe me.

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But it felt disrespectful, so I didn’t do it.

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Photos by: Daniel Overberger and Nancy Winebarger

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4 Comments

  1. January 2, 2017 at 4:47 am

    This stirs emotion. Can you imagine wanting to be buried in this majestic setting near the sea and then ultimately washing out into the ocean? Takes resting in peace to a different meaning.

    • Dan said,

      January 2, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Sure does stir emotions. Great to here from you Samantha

  2. Stephanie Michaels said,

    January 3, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Great shots! I love that you two are such explorers and share some things with us that we would never have seen without your deep curiosity.


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