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    Known as the Cradle of Humankind, the Omo Valley is home to tribes who have resided in these lands for thousands of years.

     

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    Tribes in the Omo Valley, such as the Dassanech (pictured here) are used to the constant, thick blanket of dust.

     

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    Hamar women dance and sing in honor of the boys preparing to becoming warriors in the Jumping of the Bulls ceremony.

     

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    Ornate scarification is a common sight among the Suri women and is considered a creation expression of self.

     

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    The Dhassanacs regard the white ostrich feather as a symbol of purity and courage. They are often incorporated into traditional headdresses, like the one here.

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    Stick fights, held during the harvest season, are sport and spectacle. They allow the men to show off their agility and brute strength.

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    The ceremonial spear is an important part of the peacemaking process between tribes at war.

     

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    The Suri live off the nutrients from the blood and milk of their cattle who are trusting during the bloodletting; they know they will survive.

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    The artful application of body paint is a means of intimidating enemies and attracting women.

     

The people of the Omo Valley’s preserved sense of self expression is etched deeply into the fabric of their identity. I found their traditions to have an undeniable allure – especially because of their persistence in keeping their culture alive to pass onto next generations.”

Drew Doggett

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    The Hamar women’s posture shows the pride and confidence they have in themselves and in their culture.

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    I was drawn to the simplicity and timelessness of the jewelry designs in this region. Ornamentation here is both personal expression and social status.

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    I became fascinated with the way the jewelry was stacked and displayed on the body. Each woman had a particular & personal style.

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See what personal expression looks like in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia.

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