The Himba People

HIMBA – Ethnic Group (Namibia) from jjackk on Vimeo.

The Himba people live in the Kunene region of northern Namibia. There are between 20,000 and 50,000 Himba people. The Himba are closely related to the Herero people. About 240,000 Herero people live in Namibia, Botswana and Angola. They belong to the Bantu group of African nations. The Himba and Herero speak the same language. The Himba raise cattle and goats. Milking of animals as well as other jobs like bringing water to the village and building homes is done by women. Women raise children too. There is a situation that one woman in the community gets a task of raising children. So, she raises children of her own and those of other women in the community. Men on the other side are more involved in political and legal matters.

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