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Where Fire Speaks: A Visit with the Himba

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Compelling photographs of the members of an African tribe.
ebook, 168 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Liralen
The look of the Himba and their lands has duly become a resource. Tourists negotiate a price with the women to photograph them in their Himba costumes, and with Himba families to photograph them at their fires, beside their mud-covered huts, dancing. That which is tribal (and therefore deemed to be "ancient" and "traditional") has monetary value. So this pressure to be the version of themselves that appears to exist outside modernity comes from modernity. (8)

What started as two journalists' expl
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Kevin
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This engaging, well-written, and entertaining story depicts one woman's encounter with the Himba, as she researches the effects a proposed dam construction might have on their culture.

In addition to issues relating to the dam, though, the author gets the Himba's perspective (both older generation and new) on topics such as money, family, health, education, and sex.

There are plenty of books out there that highlight the good and bad effects of "modernization" of traditional cultures, but I liked t
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