Another highlight we encountered in Opuwo in Kaokoveld. It is Himba country. The people here live still in the traditional way, smearing ochre and animal fat over their bodies, wearing loin cloths, handmade jewelry and distinctive hairdos. I shopped for staple food to bring as gratitude offerings for permission to enter the premises and to photograph. I spent almost a whole day with the Himba women and children. What an unforgettable experience. They welcomed us with great warmth. It didn’t take long until everyone relaxed and continued their doings while my camera captured many precious and intimate moments. The women are very beautiful and playful. I sensed their closeness with each other.
Everyone, from the great grandmother down to the youngest mother seemed to partake in raising the many babies and children. It reminded me of the quote from Hillary Clinton —“It takes a village to raise a child.” When the time came to say good bye, they asked if they could dance for me to honor my visit. I was deeply moved and tears welled up for I was the one to be thankful for the honor.