The Himba Tribe

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Apparently the sun heard our ooohs and ahhhs from the sunset the night before and decided to out do herself the next morning as if to show us "You ain't seen nothing yet!" The sunrise was not only every shade of red, but was purple with sparks of blue as well. The rest of our day largely consisted of driving to our next location - Himba.

We set up our tents beneath a large boulder-ous mountain, that looked like a humongous elephant when looked at from the right angle. This mountain side was easy to clamber up due to the shaped boulders that formed it and we the walk to the top provided us with yet another remarkable location to watch the sun at work. Tonight was pure artwork. The sun out-did herself. The red and pink took turns shading the clouds and as the sky grew closer and closer to black, the horizon seemed to be ablaze. The sun was showing off.

The following morning, we were very excited to be heading towards the Himba tribes. They are a nomadic tribe that we would have to search out as the guides don't know where they will be by the time we arrive in their location. This was an incredible experience! These people live on virtually nothing. They build their huts out of mud, cow dung and plants. The women put clay in their hair and wear jewellery (which did not cover up their bare chests - no support bras needed here). The small nomadic village has a holy line just ahead of the holy fire. Guests are not to cross this Holy Line unless they are invited. The Himba people were very welcoming to us, and allowed a translator to describe their way of life to us, as well as to ask them our quetions. A certain sort of red stone is crushed into a powder and then spread all over their skin so that when we shook hands with them our palms and fingers returned to us a new color. Instead of bathing or having showers, these people 'smoke' themselves. They have certain herbs and plants that they burn in a small pile and then they quat over top of the smoke that it creates and the smoke provides them with an inect repellent as well as a skin cleanser. Imagine 'smoking' yourself every morning rather than having a quick shower!

Children had different haircuts depending on whether they were a girl or a boy, how old they were, and whether they were circumcised or not...and so on. We got to see many of their tools as well as their every day items such as headrests and make-up kits.

The children have nothing, and yet seem so happy. They play tag and a 'Duck, Duck, Goose' type of game, as well as run around with small toy cars made out of wire that had been bent and shaped. Over all, there was very much information passed onto to us about this Himba tribe, but we will let you look at the pictures of them rather than rambling on about their culture.

Hugs and Love,
Dana and Trevor
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