A Burmese/Myanmar refugee man of Karen ethnicity with his two children on Father’s Day in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photographed June 17, 2012
photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

A male Karen Burmese teen sits on a soccer pitch in Indianapolis, Indiana,  displaying his unfinished tattoos and wearing Thanaka face cream.  The face cream is made from the bark of Thanaka trees and has been used mostly by women and children in Burma/Myanmar for hundreds of years primarily as a sun screen, also some of the male teens in the United States have been wearing the cream as a cultural flag. 

Photographed April 6, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

Fingernails painted, a young girl plays with mud at a community garden for Karen and Karenni refugee families who have resettled in Indianapolis, Indiana. The two Burma/Myanmar ethnic groups possess little to no English language skills upon arrival to the United States.  Most of which come after living in Thailand refugee camps with merely a primary school education, but some are able to speak two to three other languages of neighboring ethnic cultures within and near their homeland. 

Photographed May 26, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

Moments after emptying her water filled gallon plastic containers, which she had carried from a nearby creek, an elderly woman watches a teenager spray water from a hose making use of a newly installed 250-foot deep well for Karen and Karenni Burmese on their community garden in Washington Twp., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photographed May 15, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

She’s It - A variation of the game Hide and Seek is played and obviously enjoyed by children whose parents and families are refugees from Burma [Myanmar] via Thailand that have resettled in Indianapolis, IN.  In 1992 persecuted ethnic populations within the military control government began to flee the country across the border to neighboring & regional nations.  Since then, just in the United States the numbers have increased and, according to 2010 United States Census more then one hundred thousand persons of Burmese descent seeking protection from the government of their homeland have resettled across the United States.

Photographed May 6, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

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A Karen Burmese teen enjoys a tractor drag as he clings to a moving trailer during a group Earth Day project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photographed April 22, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

An annual meeting of Karenni Burmese refugees gather inside the home of a family within their Indianapolis, Indiana community to discuss U.S. laws and the importance of maintaining their cultural distinction in a new land.  To aid the community bond each family contributes a nominal monthly fee to help individual families during financial difficulties.

Photographed April 14, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

(Source: karennihomeland.com)

A Birthday Party for three, after attending a Karen Burmese baptist church Easter service in Washington township, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photographed April 8, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

Spring is here and as in all across the United States, Indianapolis shopping malls are getting their parking lot gardens ready for Easter flowers.

Photographed April 4, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller

Burmese ethnic Karen children prepare fishing lines at a man made lake in the center of a Indianapolis, IN, housing development.

  • Approximately 7,000 refugees from Burma reside in Indianapolis and the projected population is expected to rise in the next few years, according to the Burmese American Community Institute in Indiana.

Photographed March 26, 2012

photo credit & copyright Gary Dwight Miller