Portrait of two Hamer women with goscha (ochre and resin hair tresses), Hamer Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, southern area, Ethiopia, Africa by Gavin Hellier for Stocksy United

Portrait of two Hamer women with goscha (ochre and resin hair tresses), Hamer Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, southern area, Ethiopia, Africa

The peoples of the Lower Omo Valley are considered among the most facinating on the African continent. The Hamer, who number around 50,000 are subsistance agro-pastoralists. They cultivate sorghum, vegetables, millet, tobacco and cotton as well as rearing cattle and goats. Wild honey is an important part of their diet. The people are known particularly for their remarkable hairstyles. The women mix ochre, water and a binding resin, rub the mixture into their hair, then twist strands again and again to create coppery-coloured tresses known as goscha. These are a sign of health and wealfare. The Hamer are also masters of body decoration.
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Uploaded 14 April, 2013
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