Photographer's Note

Visiting this small OvaHimba family group was an opportunity to learn something of the rich cultural heritage of this pastoral-nomadic people group. In this shot you can see two sisters, the younger one is used to visitors and Namibian based, the older one now lives in Angola and shy with strangers. The young man dressed in more western clothing is their brother.
If you study the clothing of the two girls, you will notice clear differences. The older sister wears a more elaborate headdress and her jewellery is more extensive (and expensive). Any OvaHimba meeting her for the first time will see that she is both married and a mother. Her younger sister's clothing informs us that she is 'engaged' but not yet married or a mother.
The girls' mother taught them how to create the goat-skin skirts and jewellery, a tradition that has passed down many generations.
The group are standing in front of one of their huts. The structure is made from branches and cattle dung and is dark and cool inside.

NB I have tried another method of reducing file size and sharpening as suggested by Wolfgang (Wolf38). I would like feedback on sharpness if anyone has the time. Thanks and thanks Wolfgang.

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