Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ann - Namibia - Himba Woman (1)

The Himba are a semi-nomadic tribe from the desert area in the far north of Namibia. This group are the most southerly, having relocated to just outside Khamanjab in the south of Damaraland. Unlike other "tourist" villages such as the Masai villages in Kenya, the Himba still dress and live traditionally. Obviously they make money by welcoming tourists but it does feel authentic and they don't put on anything special (like dancing) for visitors, they just go about their daily work in the village. They do, of course, try and sell you things but its not a hard sell.

Although happy to have her photo taken, this woman obviously felt underdressed. She disappeared into her hut and returned shortly after properly attired.


Julie said...

What a gorgeous sense of propriety! Brought a massive grin to my face.

They are a handsome people, these tribesmen, Ann.

What a wonderfully diverse world we live in. My eyes glazed trying to pronounce all the proper nouns in your post!

Julie said...

Hang on ... in that first image ... can I see suntan t-shirt lines on her upper body and especially the curve around her left arm.

Meant to note that she looks happy and healthy and well-fed. Not always the case in Africa I gather.