Praying as a group

In Akesai County, an autonomous county of Jiuquan in Gansu Province, elderly Kazakh women pray at a gathering, which marks the first anniversary of the death of a tribal leader.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.