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Living with the Hamer Tribe - Photographer | Mitchell Kanashkevich

Living with the Hamer Tribe - Photographer | Mitchell Kanashkevich | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
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Around the middle of the road between two of Southern Ethiopia's larger towns - Arba Minch and Jinka, there is a signboard that reads "Welcome to Hamer." The sign marks a dusty road that continues for almost to 100 km, through African bush, towards the region of Turmi, the heart of the Hamer tribe.

The Hamers are one of the majority tribes in Ethiopia's ethnically diverse Omo Valley. They are proud and self-reliant, depending only on nature, their animals and their land for survival. Virtually everything about their world has a strong connection to the world of their ancestors, very little has been accepted from the outside. - Mitchell Kanashkevich


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Pavel Gospodinov's curator insight, January 13, 2013 10:31 AM

amazing photography and story really....

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Religion and Life in Tigray | Travel photographer: Mitchell Kanashkevich

Religion and Life in Tigray | Travel photographer: Mitchell Kanashkevich | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The Ethiopian Church is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 4th Century AD, when Orthodox Christianity was made the official religion of the Axumite Kingdom, present day Ethiopian region of Tigray. Over the centuries, Christianity has shaped the people's psyche, as well as the landscape of Tigray, where hundreds of churches and monasteries have been erected and even carved right into mountain faces, so abundant in the region.

 

Modern-day Tigray has been at the cross roads of natural disasters, conflict and political turmoil. These difficulties have led to virtually no development in much of the region's rural areas. While the lack of development has translated into relatively low living standards, the scarcity of contact with the modern-world has also meant that Christian Ethiopia's ancient culture, traditions and history have been preserved in Tigray's remote corners better than virtually anywhere else.

 

In Tigray, even the most remote and the most ancient of the churches and monasteries still function and the people in nearby villages still go about their lives much as they have for hundreds of years. " (Mitchell Kanashkevich)

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To Save a Child | Photographer: Steve Mccurry

To Save a Child | Photographer: Steve Mccurry | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"It was a privilege to go to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko in their work to end the practice of mingi and to house and and shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued.

I met John in Burma a few years ago. He is a photographer and successful businessman who has founded companies which develop software for digital media and the entertainment industry..." - Steve Mccurry



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