Hamar Tribe

Friday, December 19, 2014
Turmi, Ethiopia
Late afternoon off at 5 pm to see a local Hamar tribe living literally at the back of the campsite.

The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are an Omotic community inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia. They live in Hamer woreda (or district), a fertile part of the Omo River valley, in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR). They are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle. Thanks Mr Wikipedia.

The goats were being returned after the day grazing.

Getting a smile or any change in their facial expression was not easy. Somehow it felt very much of everyone just going through the routine of posing for photos and there was no energy or spontaneity at all. Yes, it was a really friendly tribe. Ice brought out her Polarid camera and gave pictures to mainly the children.

Set on the flat plain with a 360 degree view, the sun slowly set and honestly the untouched colours in these photos are more intense than what my eye saw. Just love the clouds. No, they are not storm clouds.

I wonder how their life will be after the technical college is opened that is directly at the end of the road to their village? The same applies to the whole country as the effect of electricity as it slowly snakes its way to the four corners of the country and modern western influence will slowly but surely invades their once traditional nomadic life style.

Macaroni, fried aubergine / egg plant was our dinner sustenance.

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