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The picture was taken in a typical Himba compound far from those one located close to the main roads visited by a multitude of tourists. For this visit it was absolutely necessary to engage a local guide: first 'cause it is not easy to find the compounds not influenced by the tourism without any sign or path leading to them,second 'cause You have to negotiate the admit to the compound with the chief of the community and if you don't speak their language they could be very distrustful of strangers specially if these are armed with every type of cameras. While your guide is negotiating with the chief you have to wait outside the compound.You have to be patient 'cause it can take even more then half an hour.After you have obtained the permit to enter to the compound you can talk to everybody(with the guide's help of course),can take pictures of whatever you want,visit the inside of their huts,etc..
In the negotiation we have included ingredients for cooking packed in paper bags from 5 to 15kgs like meal,rice,salt,etc..
That is the only way to preserve their lifestyle and culture which have become increasingly endangered due to the uncontrolled influx of tourists into the Kaokaveld,the region giving home to some 6000 Himba.
As a result of, many Himba have become beggars and alcoholics.

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