A Konso youth of southwest Ethiopia carries home a wooden yoke used by pairs of oxen to plough the land.
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- A young Dorze boy winds cotton onto a bobin for his father. Dorze men are synonymous with weaving the best cotton cloth in Ethiopia.
- A smart young Hamar youth at Turmi Market.The Hamar are semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in harsh country around the Hamar Mountains of Southwest Ethiopia. Their whole way of life is based on the needs of their livestock. Cattle are economically and culturally their most important asset.
- Karo men paint each other in preparation for a dance in the village of Duss. A small Omotic tribe related to the Hamar,who live along the banks of the Omo River in southwestern Ethiopia,the Karo are renowned for their elaborate body painting using white chalk,crushed rock and other natural pigments.
- Samburu initiates sing during the month after their circumcision. As their wounds heal, their dances become more energetic. Before long, they imitate the dances of the warriors which, hitherto, they have been forbidden to perform.They spend much of their time wandering in the countryside attempting to kill as many birds as they can with a club and four blunt arrows. When a bird is killed, it is sk
- Samburu initiates skin a bird without the use of a knife.While their wounds heal for a month after circumcision, initiates spend their time wandering in the countryside attempting to kill as many birds as they can with a club and four blunt arrows. When a bird is killed, it is skinned, stuffed with dry grass and attached to the boy's headband by means of its beak.
- A Samburu initiate takes aim at a bird with a blunt arrow.While their wounds heal for a month after circumcision, initiates spend their time wandering in the countryside attempting to kill as many birds as they can with a club and four blunt arrows. When a bird is killed, it is skinned without a knife, stuffed with dry grass and attached to the boys headband by means of its beak.
- Kenya, South Horr, Kurungu.A Samburu youth after his circumcision. The day after he has been circumcised, the initiate must hang in his pierced earlobes copper ear ornaments that are normally worn by married women. His sponsors make him a new headdress of ostrich feathers fastened to a narrow band of plaited fibre, which fits tightly round his forehead like a sweatband.
- A Nyangatom boy holds a cow whilst another boy draws his bow ready to fire an arrow with a very short head into the artery of the cow so they can bleed it. Several pints of blood will be collected which will then be mixed with milk and drunk by the Nyangatom. The Nyangatom or Bume are a Nilotic tribe of sem nomadic pastoralists who live along the banks of the Omo River in south western Ethiopia.
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- A young woman at the entrance to a Konso homestead in southwest Ethiopia.The konso have a great affinity for wood and stone, large tree trunks and branches surround every home, and special care is taken to select the most pleasing shapes for their entrances.
- The central meeting place, mora, of an old Konso village set in dramatic scenery in southwest Ethiopia. The oldest villages date back 500 to 600 years and are fortified with huge dry stone walls.The Konso people are very industrious farmers, cultivating poor soil on terraces, which are buttressed with stones and rock.
- Two Mursi men with singular hairstyles play a game of bau as a young boy watches them. Most men possess rifles to protect their families from hostile neighbours.Body art is an important aspect of Mursi culture.They live in a remote area of southwest Ethiopia along the Omo River.
- A coy young Dassanech boy with a hairstyle typical of the young boys of his tribe.The Dassanech speak a language of Eastern Cushitic origin. They practice animal husbandry and fishing as well as agriculture.
- A young Dassanech girl holds her little brother. She wears a leather skirt with an elaborate fringe of wooden and metal tassles. Much the largest of the tribes in the Omo Valley numbering around 50,000,the Dassanech (also known as the Galeb,Changila or Merille) are Nilotic pastoralists and agriculturalists.
- A Nyangatom boy catches blood from the artery of a cow in a gourd. The cow is bled by firing an arrow with a very short head into the artery of the cow. Several pints of blood will be collected which will then be mixed with milk and drunk by the Nyangatom. The Nyangatom or Bume are a Nilotic tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who live along the banks of the Omo River in south-western Ethiopia.
- A Tsemay girl of southwest Ethiopia wears a leather skirt and bright beaded jewellery. She belongs to a small tribe living close to the Konso people.
- The Konso people of southwest Ethiopia worship the sky God,Waq,and place carved wooden effigies at prominent places to honour their illustrious ancestors. These eerie totems are often found grouped together. They can depict a dead hero,his wives,his enemies slain in battle or dangerous animals he may have killed in his lifetime.