Emery Tales

by Sussanne Bausinger, Stelios Efstathopoulos , Greece, Germany

In the mountainous landscape of Naxos, a Cycladic island, the villagers make a living out of collecting… stones.
Ever since the Ottoman rule, six communities have had the right to mine emery, which is hidden in mount Ammomaxi.
In the old days, the black stone, used as an abrasive was very in demand. Nowadays, it is given to the government in return for health and pension insurance. The workers struggle with their barren fields in order to earn a living. The younger generations flee.
The right to work in the mines is reserved to 400 men, whose chief concern is whether the government will continue its mining activities.
Emery is their life. Will it have a future, though?

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