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Taking lessons on life and modernity from the Omo tribes of Ethiopia

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2. The Banna are a Nilotic ethnic tribe in the Omo valley that are known for several of their customs, including stilt walking
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The Banna are a Nilotic ethnic tribe in the Omo valley that are known for several of their customs, including stilt walking | photos: Courtesy Latika Nath/Academic Foundation

Latika Nath
When I began to plan a trip to Ethiopia, I realised that I could also visit the legendary “Lucy”, the earliest known hominid ancestor of man. Lucy had been discovered in Hadar and I wanted to see if there was a possibility of being able to visit the archaeological site. Whilst doing research on the trip, I began to discover references to the Omo valley and the tribes that inhabited this region. The scattered photographs available on the internet at that time fascinated me and I asked Sangeeta Sahay Prasad to help me visit and photograph these people that have

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First Published: Mar 29 2019 | 8:21 PM IST

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