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Another image of a Himba woman with her baby took on our way back from Epupa falls to Opuwo.

The Himba are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kaokoland area of Namibia. The Himba are actually descendants of a group of Herero herders who fled into the remote north-west after been displaced by the Nama.

The Himba have clung to their traditions and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their intricate hairstyles and traditional jewellery.
As Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect themselves from the sun and also gives their appearance a rich red colour.

The Himba jewellery is made from iron or shell, and due to their intricate designs have become very popular amongst western tourists. Himba homesteads are cone shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung.

Some more informations about Himbas and their area on the following link of my previous photo

Apologize me for the low quality of the image as it's an old scanned slide.

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