Photographer's Note

This was the chief of the small Himba village that we visited just outside the town of Opuwo. He was a proud man with several wives and children.
The Himba people still cling onto their traditions and way of life strongly, they are pastoral and breed cattle and goats. The women cover their skin and hair in a mixture of ochre and butter fat giving their skin a beautiful red tone, and both men and women wear ornate jewelry.

When visiting the village it is important to take along food gift items such as maize meal, sugar and oil. These are offered to the chief or head wife before being divided between the families living in the village.

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Viewed: 2006
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Additional Photos by Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1312 W: 50 N: 2538] (15142)
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