Have you heard of Kibera? Kibera is not a tribe. It is a name of the largest slum in Africa, established for those who lost their tribal connections. You see, the colonials, having divided Africa into chunks they could conquer, enforced borders between their colonies without any regard to native population. Many tribes have found themselves split into parts inhabiting different colonies.

The next step was to advise the locals that tribal affiliations and loyalties are a bad thing, belong to the past, and should be abandoned. One would expect that the locals who followed the advice would be accepted into the society of colonials, eh? One would be wrong.

The tribeless people (first Nubian askaris (i.e. soldiers in colonial armies) were pointed to an area they could inhabit. This is how Kibera began.

More photos, from 2009 (before Kibera got a major face uplift in 2015). Ours is an archival collection.

Surely, you must have heard about the Maasai ..

Fierce pastoralists who do not hunt: traditionally they drink and eat only their cows (their raw milk, their raw blood and their raw meat; nothing more !!). They fiercely defend their culture and do not have much time nor regard for western lifestyle. In their societies there are no orphans (it takes a village to bring up a child, remember?), no childless women. To become a man a pubescent boy must endure public circumcision without flinching, then he must kill a lion, using only his spear and a long knife. The Maasai population is still growing, now reaching 1.6 million; the population of lions shrinks considerably.

Our photos were taken in Serengeti, Tanzania, in 2015.

The Daasanach

But: Have you heard of the Daasanach?

These people shared roughly the same region of origin as the Maasai: South Sudan, Southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. While the Maasai trekked south to Kenya and Tanzania in search for greener pastures for their cattle, the Daasanach stayed put. The result: they are slowly squeezed out of their lands by their neighbours, and lately try to convert to agro-pastoralism. Their future as a tribe is uncertain.

Recently they tend to migrate to the Omo River delta, where it empties into Lake Turkana (formerly known as Lake Rudolf).

Our photos originate from Ethiopia, from a village on the shores of Omo River, near the delta. Taken in 2015.

More photos ..

How about the Taita?

Here we have a story about their seagoing dugout canoes, documented in 2009.

More photos ..

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