Expedition Ethiopia

The Hamer (or Hamar) people of southwestern Ethiopia are pastoralists, less war-like than their Surma, Karo, Mursi, and Nyangatom neighbors to the west, much more friendly and casual towards outsiders.

The Hamer women twist their hair into tight braids, coating them with a red ocher and butter mixture and weaving beautiful beaded jewelry and ornaments into them. They dress in traditional goat skin skirts decorated with beads and cowrie shells.

They practice elaborate traditional rituals, shun assimilation, and despite increasing exposure to outside influences, only marry within the tribe.


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A Donga stick fight among the Suri (or Surma) tribesmen who inhabit the areas west of the Omo River. Ritualistic yet serious; men are injured during the fighting and sometimes even killed.