A visit to a Himba Village
Trip Start Aug 07, 2006
18Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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Yako provides a critical link from the tribe to those, such as us, who wish to learn about his tribe
A few of us spent some time interacting with the children. I held a little girl by the name of "Nopo". At first I thought she was a little shy, but then I realized that she probably didn't feel very good as she nestled herself against my chest and dozed off. I couldn't help but wonder if she was ok. Being there, I remember thinking about how good we have it back home. We have access to so many commodities its unreal. How often do we sit and think about this? Not often enough. Does it take visiting a Himba village to appreciate what you have back home?
Being at the Himba Village was initially overwhelming. They came out to greet us in their traditional attire. Everyone busted out their cameras immediately and started taking an insane amount of pictures. Yako gave us the "ok" to do so because he explained that they had grown accustomed to tourist coming by and snapping pictures. Someone in the group made a comment about people not being exhibits and as such, they should not be photographed. I felt bad even though I had not bad intentions. However, after giving the situation some thought, I realized that perhaps the pictures, can serve as a vehicle to enable others to learn about the Himbas.
After we left the Himba village, we drove towards Etosha National Park. We got there towards the end of the day but we still were able to catch a glimpse of some giraffe and elephants. After setting up our tents, we made our way to the water hole where we were able to see elephants, rhinos, and giraffes. What a day!