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Himba: Nomads of Namibia Paperback – 30 Apr 1988
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Author Margaret Jacobsohn spent two years among Himba communities, working towards a doctorate in ethno-archaeology and is well equipped to tell their unique story. Jacobsohn's text combines spellbinding stories and real events, documenting a resilient group of people confronted by drought and war. The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in Kaokoland in the remote north-western corner of Namibia. Their world is harsh, dry and starkly beautiful, sandwiched between the Namib Deserts forbidding Skeleton Coast and the former conflicts between South Africa and SWAPO. Today these people are under threat as never before. In the early 1980s the worst drought in living memory killed more than 130 000 head of cattle in Kaokoland, two thirds of the stock. Now a 350-km dam is planned, to be located on the Namibian-Angolan border's Kunene River. If plans go ahead, the dam will flood ancestral Himba graves and impact seriously on Himba's socio-economy.
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J. H. A. Slootmaekers
Disagree with Belgian antropologist
15 August 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
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I must profoundly diagree with the Belgian anthropologist,who claims to know a lot about the Himba's in Kaokaveld in north west Namibia. I have spent since 2003 several weeks with the Himba and this book is very helpful for people who do not yet know what Himba's are. The photo's in this book clearly show how these tribe people are living, how there costumes and jewelry look like, what there past was and how their future is clouded by the Ovambo government. Like all tribal people in the world, the Himba's need to find answers to influences from the outside onto their lifestyle. They have to fight alcoholism and drugs abuse, but we should give them time. Most of all, they need support from their own government so that they are able to live the lifes they want.