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The Omo Peopleby Hans Silvester
Ancient African Tribes in Southern Ethiopia & Kenya• The Ancient African Tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley and around Lake Turkana are believed to be the most unique tribal people in the world. These tribes are spread out in the Great Rift Valley reaching the southern end of Ethiopia and the northern part of Kenya. They have become famous for their heritage and diversity. They have practiced some of the same traditions that their ancestors did centuries ago living in the same remote area. Most tribes now carry rifles (AK47s) to hunt or protect themselves.• Listed below is some of the tribes you will find living along the Omo River and Lake Turkana. (200,000 of them lives in the Omo Valley and the rest of them have migrated to other regions).• Population of Tribes (census of year 2007) rular urban total• 1. Arbore (Erbore or Irbore) 6.156 684 6.840• 2. Ari 274.989 15.464 290.453• 3. Bena 25.637 1.385 27.022• 4. Bodi 5.567 1.427 6.994• 5. Bumi or Bume (also known as Nyangatom) 23.488 1.764 25.252• 6. Daasanech (also known as Galeb or Geleb) 46.526 1.481 48.067• 7. Dorze (28.000)• 8. Hamar, Hamer or Hammer 45.575 957 46.532• 9. Kara or Karo 1.338 126 1.464• 10. Konso 239.960 10.470 250.430• 11. Kwegu or Muguji 1.435 539 1.974• 12. Mursi or Murzu 7.052 448 7.500• 13. Suri or Surma 25.570 2.316 27.886• 14. Tsemay 19.596 450 20.046• 15. Turkana (25.200)
• In this stunning collection of photographs, Hans Silvester (Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley) celebrates the unique art of the Surma and Mursi tribes of the Omo Valley, on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. These nomadic people have no architecture or crafts with which to express their innate artistic sense. Instead, they use their bodies as canvases, painting their skin with pigments made from powdered volcanic rock and adorning themselves with materials obtained from the world around them—such as flowers, leaves, grasses, shells and animal horns. The adolescents of the tribes are especially adept at this art, and Silvesters superb photographs show many youths who, imbued with an exquisite sense of color and form, have painted their beautiful bodies with colorful dots, stripes and circles, and encased themselves in elaborate arrangements of vegetation and found objects. This art is endlessly inventive, magical and, above all, fun. In his brief text, Sylvester worries that as civilization encroaches on this largely unexplored region, these people will lose their delightful tradition.
Peoples of the Omo Valley by Hans Sysvester• Copyright © Hans Silvester Sources• Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley , Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (2007)• Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa , Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2009)• A Window on Africa: Ethiopian Portraits, Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2011)• http://www.omovalley.com/• http://www.grands-reporters.com/article.php3?id_article=200&id_document=1976&debut_photos=138• http://lavitainunistante.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/hans-silvester/• http://teddytd.tistory.com/tag/Hans%20Silvester• http://acidolatte.blogspot.com/2009/05/hans-silvester.html?zx=5904697c8c83b720• http://www.anotherafrica.net/indigenous/oh-to-be-so-adroit• http://www.csa.gov.et/pdf/Cen2007_firstdraft.pdf presentation by sotos