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1. Namibia: The Himba People
The Himba are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kaokoland area of Namibia. The Himba are actually descendants of a group of Herero herders who fled into the remote north-west after been displaced by the Nama. The Himba have clung to their traditions and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their intricate hairstyles which and traditional jewellery.

As Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect themselves from the sun and also gives their appearance a rich red colour.

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2. Kenya: The Maasai tribe

Who are the Maasai?
The Maasai are a tribe of people who live in parts of Tanzania and Kenya and are known as tall and fierce warriors.
• They can be recognised by the special red cloth they wear which is called a Shuka.
• Maasai people live a nomadic life, which means they move from place to place with their animals.
• They rely on their animals for food (including milk, meat and animal blood) and walk for many miles with their animals to find fresh food and water. They get all the other foods they need by
trading (swapping) with other Maasai people.
• Maasai men herd cattle and carry spears to protect their cattle from wild animals such as lions.
• The Maasai women are responsible for cooking, collecting sticks for the fire and building the houses

3. South Africa: Zulu tribe

Every year in September about thirty thousand Zulu Maidens gather at King Goodwill Zwelithini's royal palace for the Zulu Reed Dance (UMkhosi woMhlanga). The Reed dance is a colourful and cultural celebration that promotes respect for young women. n South Africa, the ceremony Umkhosi woMhlanga takes place every year in September, at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. The girls come from all parts of Zululand, and in recent years there are also smaller groups from Swaziland, as well as more distant places such as Botswana and Pondoland. All girls are required to undergo a virginity test before they are allowed to participate in a royal dance.

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Swaziland: Reed dance (Swazi tribe)

This is Swaziland’s best known cultural event, and has a more open feel than the Incwala. In this eight-day ceremony, young girls cut reeds, present them to the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi) – ostensibly to repair the windbreak around her royal residence – and then dance in celebration. Up to 40,000 girls take part, dressed up in brightly coloured attired - making it one of the biggest and most spectacular cultural events in Africa. Taking place over a week, it is largely private, however its final two days are open to the public. Many of the girls carry the bush knife they used to cut the reeds as a symbol of their virginity.

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