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Inside a Hamer tribe house

Deep in the Rift Valley, in southwest Ethiopia is the mezmerizing Omo Valley, near Kenya - home of some of the most remote African tribes on the planet.  My words could NEVER explain my experience here.  I'll leave this to my photos and videos.  They are a MUST SEE. Check it and tell me if I am wrong.

Visiting these Ethiopian tribes in the Omo Valley was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had in my life.  If there is ONE place for culture that I would recommend visiting on our planet - it is here. Now.

Spaced approximately 60-80 kilometers apart are a dozen different tribes.  Each one is unique in their language, tradition, dress and culture.  My only way to describe this to a westerner is to imagine placing yourself in an American Indian tribe in Wyoming in the year 1491.

This takes place in Turmi, Ethiopia - inside the home of chief of the Hamer Tribe.
  Yes.  Ponder that for a second. 

This is a land where they offer you fresh cow or goat blood to drink.  These are a people who have a Bull-Jumping ceremony as part of a marriage process - where the boy runs over the top of bulls while his sisters and female relatives get whipped and bloody.  This is an insanely different existence than we westerners could ever imagine.

In order to visit a tribe, we had to meet with the "chief" and sit with his council for approval.  And, since we are westerners, we had nothing to offer accept money. So, we gave 30 birr (around $3) and we were eventually warmly welcomed.  Once accepted, we were formally allowed to roam around the villages.  Children swarmed us like bees on honey.

Gorgeous.
  Everyone repeated "1 birr, 1 birr, 1 birr" (which is about $0.10). 

The most mezmerizing thing was to see what these people were wearing.  It was unbelieveable.  The women were decorated with goat skin, fur, bone jewelry and feathers pierced through their lips.  They made jewelry from virtually anything metal that they found: bottle-caps and watch bands were popular.

We were invited into a wood/mud hut to drink "milk".  Yes - I tried it since it would have been extremely rude to decline.  The children played for hours with me.  We had an amazing time.  OK, enough reading.  Go look at all these photos.  You won't believe what you see.....

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Inside a Hamer tribe house
Inside a Hamer tribe house
This takes place in Turmi, Ethiop…
Gorgeous.
Gorgeous.
The most gorgeous Omorate girl wea…
The most gorgeous Omorate girl we…
Omorate tribe grandmas (or great g…
Omorate tribe grandmas (or great …
A feather through her lower lip!!
A feather through her lower lip!!
Posing for me.
Posing for me.
They dreaded my hair!
They dreaded my hair!
Omorate tribe grandma (or great-gr…
Omorate tribe grandma (or great-g…
Omorate tribe grandma (or great-gr…
Omorate tribe grandma (or great-g…
Omorate tribe grandmas (or great g…
Omorate tribe grandmas (or great …
With my Omorate friends
With my Omorate friends
Banna tribe women...
Banna tribe women...
His feet were burning up in the sa…
His feet were burning up in the s…
An Omorate home (sleeps 9 people)
An Omorate home (sleeps 9 people)
My new friend.
My new friend.
Creative bottle tops.
Creative bottle tops.
A Banna woman
A Banna woman
A Bull- jumper.
A Bull- jumper.
Banna family waving as we fix our …
Banna family waving as we fix our…
no money. only photo.
no money. only photo.
Local Banna men...
Local Banna men...
Carrying as much water as she can.…
Carrying as much water as she can…
local Banna people
local Banna people
No wonder Ethiopians are so fast. …
No wonder Ethiopians are so fast.…
An Ethiopian Ant Hill!!  Really.
An Ethiopian Ant Hill!! Really.
Cutey.
Cutey.
Welcome to the Omorate tribe...
Welcome to the Omorate tribe...
about to cross the river to the Om…
about to cross the river to the O…
I think they like my hair
I think they like my hair
How many kilos can YOU carry?
How many kilos can YOU carry?
New African styley shades.
New African styley shades.
On the way to the market in Kay Af…
On the way to the market in Kay A…
Who is hotter?
Who is hotter?
Omorate tribe children.
Omorate tribe children.
Omorate tribe.
Omorate tribe.
An Omorate home (sleeps 9 people)
An Omorate home (sleeps 9 people)
hanging out with me...
hanging out with me...
amazing.
amazing.
amazing.
amazing.
Leaving my Omorate friends
Leaving my Omorate friends
The Omorate chief and his council …
The Omorate chief and his council…
The Omorate chief and his council …
The Omorate chief and his council…
The Omorate chief and his council …
The Omorate chief and his council…
The tribe waiting for us to enter …
The tribe waiting for us to enter…
my silly friend. check out her fea…
my silly friend. check out her fe…
Sillly ladies.
Sillly ladies.
Silly girls.
Silly girls.
Nice hair. Nice shades.
Nice hair. Nice shades.
super-styley
super-styley
That is my style: shades and a lip…
That is my style: shades and a li…
....with my shades.
....with my shades.
Style in the Omorate village - wit…
Style in the Omorate village - wi…
My new friends.
My new friends.
Traditional Omorate hair style wit…
Traditional Omorate hair style wi…
Traditional Omorate hair style wit…
Traditional Omorate hair style wi…
Style.
Style.
Having fun and posing.
Having fun and posing.
Loving my hair.
Loving my hair.
Posing for my camera
Posing for my camera
The chiefs wife
The chief's wife
A Hamer tribe girl
A Hamer tribe girl
A Hamer tribe girl
A Hamer tribe girl
A Hamer tribe woman
A Hamer tribe woman
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer tribe…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer trib…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer tribe…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer trib…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer tribe…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer trib…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer tribe…
Coffee ceremony in the Hamer trib…
Security guard at work.
Security guard at work.
Balance boy
Balance boy
A Hamer tribe woman
A Hamer tribe woman
with my Hamer tribe friend.
with my Hamer tribe friend.
The Hamer tribe chief chief
The Hamer tribe chief chief
the Hamer chief
the Hamer chief
This little boy's feet were so ho…
Visiting the home of a Hamer Trib…
This takes place in Turmi, Ethiop…
"What is your name".... - this is…
This little boy's feet were so ho…
Visiting the home of a Hamer Trib…
Turmi
photo by: musicdan