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A Himba boy tends to his flock right outside his village in Koakoland, Namibia.

 

A Himba village consists of huts made from mud and sticks clustered inside a large circular fence. In the center of the village is a smaller stick fence where the herders keep their livestock. The Himba live by herding sheep, goats and some cattle, and they move location several times a year to graze their livestock. Like most other tribal societies, the Himba people are very distinct with regards to the roles of the men and women. Typically, the men are the warriors; they are the ones who bring food to the table, and the ones who are the authority on tribal affairs. The women on the other hand must maintain the household, raise the children, and provide for their husbands.

 

The most important feature of their village is the sacred fire "Okuruwo," which pays homage to their god and is never allowed to burn out. The Himba are a people that live very distant from the "modern-western" world. Although they have contact with the western society, they have managed to maintain their traditional lifestyle.

Little Herder, “The Red People”, Kaokoland, Namibia. August, 2015.

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