divewop

Show Us The Tribes And People Of Africa

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I'll start with a few pics of the Suri (Surma) tribe while in the Omo Valley area of Ethiopia

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Fantastic pictures.

 

I have no photos to contribute, but I take the chance to share what I have been told today by the agent who is in charge of my next February Kidepo/Ethiopia trip.

 

He has been shown by a researcher a map of all proposed sugarcane cultivation schemes in the Omo Valley, and apparently a major part of it, both to the east and the west of the Omo River will be devoted to large scale cultivation.

 

Taking into account the Gibe Dam and other developments, the net result would be the destruction of Mago National Park, serious damages to Omo National Park, the displacement of most tribes living along the Omo River (Mursi, Nyamatong, Karo etc....). The Omo Delta and, consequently, Lake Turkana will be affected too.

 

It will be the end of a world which is already rapidly changing.

 

Very sad and tragic.

 

I am afraid that your wonderful pictures will become even more precious over time..

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Sad news indeed Paolo.

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Beautiful portraits, very sad news. :(

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Thank you for the comments, Paolo, GW, and Twaffle.

 

It is a beautiful country and area (the Omo Valley) and indeed, the destruction is currently going on. Mago National Park is stunning. And while it still has loads of antelope, very few predators remain because most have been hunted out. Our guide/driver actually had a pic on his smartphone of a pack of wild dogs he had spotted. Talk about rare. Wow! With the destruction and "construction" going on , I doubt seriously they'll be around too much longer.

We sat with one of the chiefs in one of the Hamer tribe villages and I asked him (through our translator) what he thought of all the development. He said he was glad it was happening. From what I understand, the tribes are being promised "the moon" to let their land be developed. But we all know that the moon will never be delivered and the loss of the traditional lifestyles of the tribes will be coming to an end in the near future.

 

I would suggest anyone wanting to visit should do so in the next few years.

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Maasai children, Maasai Mara

 

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I just wanted to bring this thread back to the top so that new safaritalkers could see the stunning photos posted by @@divewop

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@@Soukous thank you, I hadn't seen the fantastic photos @@divewop posted - but your Massai children are adorable, so thanks for posting them too! Divewop or @@Paolo have you any updates on what has happened to the parks and the people you mentioned? Sounded like a terrible loss would be occurring.

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My contribution. Oromo people in the Blue Nile Falls. Ethiopia 2004

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Wow, please let's get some more photos for this topic!!!

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Wow divetop those images are incredible!

 

Will try to include a few of mine once l remember how to get them here from picassa. :huh:

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Himba from Northern Namibia

 

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Himba woman and baby from Northern Namibia

 

 

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Herero from Namibia

 

 

 

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Samburu - 2011

 

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Maasai - 2011

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Boran Woman, Nr Shaba, Kenya 1996

 

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Lekwancha Samburu Chief's Son, Nr Archers Post Kenya 1996

 

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I'm no photographer but time to revive this post so I can look at others photos. We need more of these photos of tribes and peoples of Africa.

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I have a few from Ghana. Well actually I have a lot but I'll only post a few now B)

This photo was taken in October 2014 near Cape Three Points. These girls are preparing for their puberty rites. I'm not sure of which tribe this is, guessing Fanti.

 

 

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This was taken in Northern Ghana at one of the several "witch camps". Women accused of witchcraft can be sent to these "camps" from any part of the country.

 

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This was taken beside Lake Volta in south-eastern Ghana and this woman is most likely from the Ewe tribe. This is one of my favorite people-photos.

 

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This is a Voodoo fetish priest of the Ewe tribe. He is performing a divination.

 

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This is the king of the Fanti tribe dressed in his regalia for the annual King Festival in Cape Coast. This was taken in 2011. The King Festivals are marked by the wearing of gold - lots of gold - by the dignitaries.

 

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These are wonderful photos because they remind all of us that safari is about people as well as wildlife. These are just charming snapshots.

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I must say that part of the reason that I find the idea of a safari to Central African Republic so appealing is that one will be in contact with real pygmies.

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Really enjoying your photos @@Abena.

 

Each one tells a fascinating story about which I'd love to hear and learn a little more - the tribes, ceremonies etc

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