Himba mothers of Namibia

Fascinating article about a matriarchal community in Namibia with the most wonderful images…

Motherhood in prehistory

“Himba mothers are loving and attentive, but they don’t hover. Above is Krocodile’s son, crawling across the hot sand toward his mother, who is about 100 or so feet in front of him. Though she saw him coming, she didn’t attempt to pick him up, knowing that he would make it to her eventually.”

Photo: Susan Portnoy Photo: Susan Portnoy

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Wonderful pictures of motherhood and childrearing amongst the Himba in Namibia. As a prehistorian, I love reading ethnographies from around the world. They broaden the thinking about all the possibilities of how children may have been brought up in the past.

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