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Nyangatom glass-beaded necklaces III | by david schweitzer
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Nyangatom glass-beaded necklaces III

The multiple layers of colourful glass-beaded necklaces preferred by Nyangatom women are definitive tribal signifiers. They can be traced, in part, to the cultural influence of their Turkana neighbours (and enemies) living further south beyond the border with Kenya. The quantity and quality of the necklaces indicate the status of the husband. Found in a small semi-nomadic Nyangatom settlement situated high off the west bank of the lower Omo River, across from their Kara neighbours (past enemies, current allies) in southwestern Ethiopia.

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Taken on February 25, 2009