Images By Antonia - Himba Women

Himba Women

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.
A Mothers Smile
A Mothers Smile
Conversation
Conversation
Dance with Me
Dance with Me
Embracing Two Worlds
Embracing Two Worlds
Filled With Laughter
Filled With Laughter
Hair Day
Hair Day
Having a Dance
Having a Dance
Himba Women With Child
Himba Women With Child
Himba Beauty
Himba Beauty
Keeping Time
Keeping Time
Listen to the Elder
Listen to the Elder
Matriarch
Matriarch
Mother and Daughter
Mother and Daughter
Pondering
Pondering
Portrait of Himba Beauty
Portrait of Himba Beauty
Safe
Safe
Sisters
Sisters
Tender
Tender
Together
Together
Young Beauty
Young Beauty
Young Mother
Young Mother

 

 

 

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