Sunday, November 20, 2011

Himba women

On of the most notable things about Himba women is their elaborate hair styles. Dreadlocks are covered in a red ochre mixture, and at the end of each braid is a tuft of hair which they apparently buy at local markets. Differences in the hairstyles and jewelry tell you whether a given woman is married, has children, etc:
I have to say, of all the village visits we have had on various OAT tours through the years, this one made a lot of us very uncomfortable. The only translator available was occupied by another group, so we weren't really able to talk to the women. Since they were bare-breasted, I think we felt rather exploitive:

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