HimbaPortrait
HimbaPortrait

Namibia, Himba Portrait, 2000 - This beautiful Himba woman came walking out of the forest to bring her child for medical care. She wore ornamentation typical to the Himba women. I was told that the Himba are the last truly nomadic tribe left in Africa. They live between northern Namibia and southern Angola. Now their way of life is threatened by a proposed dam that would flood their homeland. I was told that if a Himba woman gives birth to twins, she chooses the strongest and leaves the other to die. They make dolls of the lost child as a remembrance. This custom is necessary, for they cannot carry two children as they move from place to place. Himba women were beautiful and gentle. (8x10 format)

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