Himba People, Namibia


The Himba women and girls cover their hair with clay, creating clay dreadlocks and smear their bodies to protect themselves from the sun and mosquitos.  They wear goat and sheep skins around their waists and cover their bodies in jewellery.  Unfortunately it seems that the tradition is no longer standing for the men, who wear western style clothing and work in the towns.

The experience was somewhat a little strange and I wasn’t completely comfortable with situation as it felt a bit like I had intruded and was not fully welcome, however I’m glad to have had the opportunity to see this group of interesting people.