By Caelan Rankin-Collyer, Adiva Lantz-Callendar and Willow Austen
The Himba tribe is an amazing desert tribe that lives in Namibia. They rely on their goats and cattle because they use the cow manure for many different things including their huts in which they sleep and for Otjize (pronounced o- JEETZ) which protects them from the sun’s harsh rays. Otjize is a mixture of butter fat, cow manure and herbs that they rub through their hair and over their skin. Their different hairstyles and necklaces show rank and importance. They worship Mukuru, their god and often make fires to speak with dead ancestors.
Our website/portfolio includes:
- A map of where they live
- A detailed study of symmetry
- A design and analysis of our necklaces
- A sonnet honoring the Himba tribe
- A section explaining how they connect to us
- Details of our dance
We really hope you find our website amusing and a good insight into the ways of the Himba people!