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The Himba are a semi-nomadic pastoral people living in the north west of Namibia and in Angola. They live by herding sheep, goats and some cattle.

The jewelry worn by the Himba is made of shells and metals, and married women (like the lady pictured here) wear headdresses made from animal skin with many streams of braided hair

Both men and women smear their skin with a mixture of butter fat, ash and ochre to protect their skin and it gives a wonderful red tinge to the skin. This paste (Otjize) is often mixed with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub to perfume it.

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Additional Photos by Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1340 W: 52 N: 2517] (14978)
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