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Hamar woman between cows during bull jumping ceremony

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An elderly Hamar woman with cane at the weekly market in Turmi, a small Hamar frontier town in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia. Adorned with seeded necklaces, brass bracelets, and goatskin clothing.

 

The Hamar are semi-nomadic herders and farmers who live in small settlements or hamlets scattered across the hills, plains, wooded riverines and dry thorny bush terrain in the lower Omo River Valley near Ethiopia's border with northern Kenya and South Sudan.

 

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Dimeka market - Omo Valley (Ethiopia)

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A graceful gait, an elegant long-limbed stance or this spontaneous pose under the photographer's gaze all exude poise and dignity even in the midst of the weekly market bustle.

 

Omalle, a married Hamar women, vogued this pose against a green painted wall (adjusted for "lightness") at the weekly market in Turmi, a small Hamar frontier town in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of southwestern Ethiopia. Shot near the end of a long dry season regularly exceeding 40°C in the shade.

 

The hairstyle consists of long, tightly twisted strands rubbed in a mixture of fresh cow butterfat, ground red ochre and tree resin gathered from the lower Omo Basin.

 

Elegantly adorned with a traditional cowrie-shell collar, seeded necklaces, copper bracelets, glass-beaded goatskin clothing and iron marital torques. The upper torque with phallic protrusion is wrapped in leather, signifying first-wife status. The torques are worn for life.

 

The ubiquitous chewing stick favoured by peoples of the lower Omo Valley is a natural toothbrush and dental floss all in one. Another version of this photograph appears with an article on the chewing stick in AfroStyleMag, Issue 7, 2012.

 

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A graceful gait, an elegant long-limbed stance, or this candid pose under the photographer's gaze all exude poise and dignity even in the midst of the market bustle. Lalo, a young Hamar woman of marrying age, vogued this spontaneous pose at the weekly market in Turmi, a small multi-ethnic frontier town in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia.

 

Adorned with an elegant cowrie-shell collar, glass-beaded necklaces and small western-styled buttons as ear plugs for added adornment. The hair is twisted into short tight strands and rubbed in a mixture of fresh cow butterfat, ground red ochre and tree resin from southern Ethiopia’s lower Omo Basin.

 

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Hamar tribe during dances near Dimeka

Twilight in the forest.

Briskeby Stadium, Hamar.

Hamar women seeking water after bull jumping ceremony, just by digging a hole in the ground.

  

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