The Himba are a nomadic pastoral tribe. I visited two villages near Opuwo in northern Namibia. They initially belonged to the Herero, but in contrast have retained much of their traditional lifestyle and dress. They are known for their physical beauty with the women rubbing a mixture of ochre and fat on their bodies. The hairstyles of the Himba indicate gender and stage of life as does some of their jewelry and clothing. They are a very warm and inviting people proud of their traditional lifestyle. I was impressed by the relative lack of western influence in the two villages I visited.
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