The Himba (singular: OmuHimba, plural: OvaHimba) are indigenous peoples with an estimated population of about 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola.
There are also a few groups left of the OvaHimba, but are hunters and gatherers. The OvaHimba are a semi-nomadic, pastoral people, culturally distinguishable from the Herero people in northern Namibia and southern Angola, and speak OtjiHimba (a Herero language dialect), which belongs to the language family of the Bantu. The OvaHimba are considered the last (semi-) nomadic people of Namibia.
From puberty Himba women braid their hair and veneer each one with clay and red ochre made from ferruginous soils, and they use the same mixture to paint their bodies red.
Irish photographer Trevor Cole sought out the isolated tribe to capture its unwavering traditions, including intricate jewellery, hair styles, clothing and huts. See his images below.
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