PICS: Hair Locks & Cowry Shells, Read About The Native Ethiopian Banna Tribe Serving To Much Style Inspiration

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The Banna people, are an ethnic group in Ethiopia. They live in an area around Chari Mountain near Kako Town and a savanna area near Dimeka. They speak Hamer-Banna, which they share substantially with the Hamer. According to the 2007 census, they number about 27,000. They engage primarily in agriculture and supplement this by pastoralism, hunting, and gathering.

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What we are inlove with is their fabulous use of cowry shells building a great winter item as a shawl scarf or even collar for that matter. African designers pick inspiration here before the west does and then you start crying out culture vulture.




Mother and son. They belong to the Banna tribe. Omo valley in Ethiopia.



Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia; by David H. Shinn, Thomas P. Ofcansky, p. 69

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