The Himba people are a nomadic indigenous tribe of about 50,000 who live in northern Namibia.
The people live in harmony with their goats and sheep but as you can see, they store many items high in trees to keep them from these and other animals. These photos were taken early in the morning as the people were waking up.
Young girls wear two braids coming forward until they reach puberty.
Women have elaborate hairdos made of goat hair and butter. They spend hours tending to their hair and jewelry.
The mornings tend to be cold but temperatures rise throughout the day.
This beautiful woman invited me into her hut to photograph her.
The following four photos are a sequence of what I watched. The first shows the son of the woman above tending to the family fire outside their hut.
Here the mom has just breastfed her baby, and then takes the baby out to her older son who then cares for the baby.
Mom has just handed the baby to the older boy.
Finally the older boy carefully holds the baby while keeping the fire going.
In the morning the animals are moved to a nearby pasture for the day.
Besides elaborate hairdos, the people wear fascinating jewelry.
I bought this small basket made by the woman holding it.
As the animals were walking out to pasture, this young boy noticed one who seemed to be limping. He checked his foot for stones or twigs that might be causing the problem.
Women carry their babies on their backs. The following photos show the process.
Dancing and singing is very popular with the Himba. Because Namibia is so dry, there is lots of dust flying especially when they dance.