The Himba

Dozens of languages disappear forever each year, taking with them unique worldviews and a priceless piece of human history and diversity. More now than ever, indigenous people are fighting hard to protect their lands, languages, and cultures from rapidly becoming extinct.

The Himba are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kaokoland area of Namibia. The women are most notable for their intricate hairstyles and traditional jewelery.

Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt. They also cover their bodies with red ochre and animal fat to protect themselves from the sun and to add a rich red tint to their overall appearance. The Himba are the masters of simplicity and provide great role models if you are considering a change of lifestyle…or are not grateful for what you already have.