The peoples of the Omo Valley are highly varied. Each tribe is proud of its people and its culture. These women are Hamar tribe
The village is well constructed
Seen up close the women were strikingly proud
The Hamar are noted for their bull jumping ceremony denoting entry to manhood, but (for a fee) often repeated for the tourists with a slightly different name.
The women take great pride in showing off their scars. In the Hamar culture allowing the husband to strike you with a switch was a mark of love and the scars the proof. Not what we would accept in our world.
The mothers with children were quite devoted. They are famous for their hairstyle using red clay
The whole area is quite beautiful, this picture is further north where the Konso tribe is located.
The Konso tribe is famous for using stone walls and terraces in their farms and villages. They worse 'western' clothing.
And many could be found in the markets
And even in the local establishments
The Karo tribe is probably the one you've seen on the internet. They are quite inventive in their 'dress' and actually quite friendly
Posing for pictures has become an industry for them and they were quite adept at striking a posture
These women however were busy grinding flour and amused that I stopped to take their picture
In contrast to the other tribes the Mursi are quite independent and feared in the past with lip and ear plates, but our arrival was not cause for excitement
The protruding lip was to allow placement of a plate such as the ones in the basket on her left. Most of the women were not wearing the plates except to model them in anticipation that we would buy.
Virtually everyone had decorative scarification of which they were quite proud
This is the Amari tribe. Like the others they now see tourists as a source of income and literally were lining up to be photographed before we even got out of the cars.
Their interest in receiving money for being photographed did not extend to an interest in the photographs themselves. They seemed bored with the actual process
That did not however take away from their inherent pride
Traveling in Southern Ethiopia was quite interesting and a bit of a challenge
Oncoming traffic often failed to respect your right of way
Sometime things on the road came to loggerheads