Ethiopia Part 2 - the Tribal South, March, 2010.
Warning: Some photos contain tribal nudity, may not be appropriate for children.

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g0552-konso.jpg  "Give me money." The Lower Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia is a sad example of tourism going horribly wrong. The human aspect of interacting with locals is completely lost to commercialism. As a tourist, you are seen as a walking Birr dispensing machine, and nothing more. This picture pretty much sums up our experience in the South. Konso, Ethiopia g0609-arbore.jpg  Arbore, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia g0646-turmi.jpg  Whip scars on the back of a Hamer woman are seen as signs of beauty and courage. g0682-turmi.jpg  A Hamer woman, Turmi market. g0696-turmi.jpg  A Hamer woman, Turmi market. g0721-turmi.jpg  Hamer men never leave home without their sticks and headrests. g0750-turmi.jpg  g0777-turmi.jpg  g0890-hamer.jpg  A Hamer woman sets up shop outside our campground. g0901-hamer.jpg  A couple of Hamer kids try to sell their clay figures ourside our campground. I did buy one just because the kids are so cute.  g0918-karo.jpg  A Karo village situated on top of a cliff overlooking the Omo River g0930-karo.jpg  Notice the nail through her lower lip. Karo Village, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia g0931-karo.jpg  Karo Village, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia g0938-karo-bw.jpg  A Karo boy and some Photoshop work. Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia g0944-karo.jpg  Women grind sorghum flower. Karo Village, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia g0969-hamer.jpg  Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g0995-hamer.jpg  He who jumps the highest gets the girl. Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1010-hamer.jpg  Hamer men wear painted clay buns that can last up to six months. Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1050-hamer.jpg  He who jumps the highest gets the girl. Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1066-hamer.jpg  He who jumps the highest gets the girl. Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1072-hamer.jpg  Boys jump, girls judge and pick. Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1079-hamer.jpg  Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1084-hamer.jpg  Women taunt men who aren't jumping high enough. Hamer dance ceremony, Turmi, Ethiopia g1113-hamer.jpg  g1121-hamer.jpg  The tall, dark, slim, and quite naked village chief. g1128-hamer.jpg  g1148-hamer.jpg  g1152-hamer.jpg  Teasing and taunting. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1274-hamer.jpg  The old guy seems to be the village joker. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1323-hamer.jpg  Between dances, people chase each other waving branches. We never saw any real whipping during this ceremony, only teases, posturing, and a lot of laughter. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1360-hamer.jpg  The older and possibly quite drunk women formed their own dancing circle. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1379-hamer.jpg  Sorghum wine g1466-hamer.jpg  The party got wilder as the participants got drunker. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1473-hamer.jpg  Guys join in as well. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1518-hamer.jpg  Spectator. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1522-hamer.jpg  Spectators. Traditional Hamer Dance, Turmi, Ethiopia g1531-dasanech.jpg  I don't like posed photos, but the women were quite aggressive and wouldn't accept no for an answer. They blocked my path, grabbed my arm, shirt and camera bag. So I was obliged to take a photo I didn't really want, and pay them two Birrs each.   After the "photo shoot", one came over and pulled my shirt collar to peek inside, then she reached in and pulled on my bra strap and asked if she could have it. I busted out laughing and told her no. Then she pulled my shirt sleeve and asked me if she could have the shirt, I laughed even harder. Some tourist must have given them a bra or a shirt in the past to give them the idea. Omorate, Ethiopia g1553-dasanech.jpg  Dasanech Village, Omorate, Ethiopia g1584-key-afar.jpg  Our car got stuck in the shallow river North of Turmi. The tribesmen sat around and watched, and only agreed to help after we promised to pay them. The car made through. They demanded 300 Birr, we paid them 120 Birr. In case you wonder the value of 120 Birr, just consider the average salary in Ethiopia is 500-700 Birr per month. g1615-key-afar.jpg  Key Afar Market g1621-key-afar.jpg  Key Afar Market g1629-key-afar.jpg  Banna Girl, Key Afar Market g1660-key-afar.jpg  Women greet each other by kissing on the month. Key Afar, Ethiopia g1666-key-afar.jpg  Key Afar Market g1671-key-afar.jpg  Women use gourds as their purses. Key Afar g1688-key-afar.jpg  Banna men like to wear really short wraps that don't quite cover everything. Key Afar g1701-key-afar.jpg  Key Afar g1714-key-afar.jpg  A Banna couple. Key Afar g1721-key-afar.jpg  Banna men look quite feminine in their tight tops and short skirts. Key Afar g1723-key-afar.jpg  A Banna woman. Key Afar g1725-key-afar.jpg  Banna, Key Afar g1735-ethiopia.jpg  Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia g1772-ethiopia.jpg  g1789-ethiopia.jpg  A common scene in Southern Ethiopia. g1823-ethiopia.jpg  Arba Minch, Ethiopia g1829-ethiopia.jpg  Arba Minch, Ethipia g1843-ethiopia.jpg

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