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Herero Women Wearing Traditional Dress In Procession For The Ma Herero Day Parad ...

Herero Women Wearing Traditional Dress In Procession For The Ma Herero Day Parad ...

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Description: Herero women wearing traditional dress in procession for the Ma Herero Day Parade , August Okahandja , Namibia The Herero are a pastoral cattle breeding people It is thought they migrated from the east African lakes area , arriving in Namibia in the 17th century Their initial home was in Kaokoland near the Kunene River , but c 1850 a large portion of the Herero population moved southwards leaving the Himba and Tjimba tribal groups The Herero are proud cattle farmers who measure wealth and status in cattle , the importance of cattle to these people is even evident in the Herero womans costume The traditional dress is derived from a Victorian womanÕs dress , and consists of an enormous crinoline worn over several petticoats , and a horn shaped hat ( said to represent the horns of a cow ) made from rolled cloth The main Herero festival is held in Okahandja on Maherero day , which falls on the last weekend in August each year Various paramilitary style groups parade before their chiefs , and Herero women line the streets and process in their beautiful dresses

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