Humanity Is Art
The Omo River Valley in Southern Ethiopia is considered by many as “the last frontier,” a place where tribes adorn themselves with amazing body art, not only for ceremonies but also for their own enjoyment and self-expression.
They use flowers, twigs, leaves, paint made from natural pigments such as red ochre. The women of the Mursi and Surma tribes practice the custom of extending their lower lips and wear plates in them. Some tribes wear beads and practice body piercings, stretching their earlobes and deliberately scarring their skin. Some braid their hair, shave their hair or combine the two. Native Ethiopians have a redder, more coppery complexion that reflects the light incredibly well, resulting in majestic body art canvases.
I found the tribal people beautiful, mesmerizing, magical, strong, rich in culture, and with similar values to ours: love of family, love of land, and love of tradition. They are a fragile, rich culture crucial to the study of art and anthropology. They are different and yet in many ways very similar to us.