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Tribal people desperately cling to tradition in Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Tribal people desperately cling to tradition in Omo Valley, Ethiopia

With every generation, the chance to see some of the world's last tribal people living authentically dwindles. When I visited the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia almost two decades ago, there were few dirt roads, and tribes lived in mud huts and were mostly naked except for spectacular body paint. The Mursi were particularly sensational, with dotted body decorations and the women with enormous lip plates. They were pastoralists and lived in isolated regions that, until recently, were left alone. When I was there in the late '90s, they had seen few white people, although now there appears to be a steady stream. Among other tribes in the area are the Kara, the Bodi and the Hamar....

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