1. Mother Muadi. 

”I became a nun when my daughters passed away.” Northern Ethiopia.
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  2. The Karo are considered one of the Omo Valley’s most endangered ethnic groups with an estimated population of only 1500 remaining.

    Biwa is an elder of the Karo tribe. He has participated in many raids and battles over land to define tribal borders.

    Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia


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  3. Karo Mother at Sunrise


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  4. Mursi Warrior with Clay Handprints


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  5. In the Mursi tribe, feathers are only allowed to be worn on the head by respected elders or celebrated warriors.


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  6. Bodi Me’en Girls

    Bodi villages consist of a small number of grouped together huts made of stick
    walls and grass roofs.


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  7. In the past, the tribe was able to roam place to place more freely as pastorialists, but in recent times there is also a dependence on agriculture.  Like many tribes of the Omo Valley, the Daasanach depend on the annual flood cycle of the Omo River to nurture their crops.


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  8. Ayi Techie with Print, Daasanach Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

    Behind the scenes photo from the project Faces of a Vanishing World

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  9. Biwa Bermo with Print, Karo Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

    Behind the scenes photo from the project Faces of a Vanishing World

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  10. Rufo and I with Print, Arbore Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

    Behind the scenes photo from the project Faces of a Vanishing World

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  11. Karo Boy With Clay Paint, Karo tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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  12. Mursi Boy Outside of Home, Mursi Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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  13. Akeri,  Karo Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

    Akeri patrols the Western side of the Omo River. The Nyangatom live on the other side, a tribe that has raided Karo land many times in the past.

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  14. Ryan McCarney with Daasanach, Karo Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

    Behind the scenes photo from the project Faces of a Vanishing World

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  15. Portrait of Vicious Dog, Hamer Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

    Bona is the highly respected chief of his village, Labaltoy. In Hamer culture, the name Bona is given to an aggressive dog or animal. It is not a common name for a human. When he was young, Bona showed strong signs of aggression and strength, causing his mother to choose this name. His scarification is a symbol of the enemies of the Borana tribe he killed in battle.

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