Himba, Kaokoveld, Namibia
Modern times hardly effects the Himba people. Their way of life is still traditional. Himba are nomadic people. The life of the tribe revolves around their cattle and is situated in their own bead. They travel with their cows and goats through the north part of Namibia. They grow maize and make maize porridge. Their food consists mainly of milk with flour in it. Occasionally, an animal is slaughtered, of which they use every part. Cows are only slaughtered on special occasions, for example at a wedding or a funeral.
Appearance is important to the Himba, it shows their status and phase of their lives. Himba women never wash themselves. They rub themselves daily with otjize, a mixture of goat fat, herbs and ocher, which gives them the typical red color. When children reach the age of ten, two front teeth are struck from the lower jaw using a stick and a stone. At puberty, girls braided their hair in small tails and rub them with goat fat and ocher. One could recognize a Himba boy at the marriageable age by his curled ponytail. Married women wear a crown made of goatskin. Men are dressed in loincloth and wear necklaces.
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