Cattle Camps of the Omo

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Home printing my images from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Preparing for my trip to Texas-to present my work to museum curators, galleries and collectors from all over the world, along with photographers from all over the world, at Houston’s Fotofest Biennial. 16 reviews in 4 days… whew…

Now working on the images from a visit to a cattle camp. This is where the men go to take care of the cattle; a very prestigious job. Cattle are enormously important to the Suri. They don’t see cattle simply as material assets but as life-long, sustaining companions. The average male in the Suri tribe owns from 30 to 40 cows. Men are not allowed to marry until they own a substantial number of cows. Then the cows are given to the bride’s family after the wedding ceremony. They are used for trading, and as a source of milk and blood, they are treated very well and rarely killed.
The men and boys in the camp work all day with their cattle and then they dance by the fires at night after covering their bodies with ash.

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