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Arbore Tribe

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The Arbore tribe are ethnically of Cushitic origin and are essentially pastoralist grazing their cattle and goats in the harsh environment of the Omo River Valley savannah grasslands. Their ancestral lands are close to the Weito River flowing southwards towards Lake Chew Bahir. They also cultivate grain and other plants for themselves and for trading.

Singing and dancing are significant to their rituals and partial female circumcision is still practiced.

Arbore women often cover their heads with a black cloth, wear earrings and very brightly coloured beaded necklaces.

Body painting is also practiced using natural pigments from mud and stone.

These photographs are part of The End of Days – The Last of the Omo Valley Tribes series.