Travel and Documentary Photography of The Vedda
Jose and his wife Shanthi Jeuland, set out on a travel and documentary photography trip to photograph and document The Vedda in 2016. On the bus journey to Gal Oya National Park, by a stroke of chance, they met the Vedda Chief on the same bus ride.
Settling down in the lodge, Jose was thankful that the lodge’s naturalist spoke Sinhalese and was able to translate and through the naturalist, was able to communicate with the Vedda people.
The Vedda Chief was very hospitable and showed Jose and Shanthi around in his village. They learnt how the Vedda re-planted medicines which they foraged for in the jungle, and how they trapped animals for food. He also showed them the cave where he and his ancestors used to live.
For all the Vedda communities they visited, most of the Vedda seem to be in good health and lead physically active lives till old age. They seem to be stress-free and relatively happy, and generous to share with tourists and strangers who wish to visit their way of life.