Herding livestock in the harsh desert climate of northern Namibia, the Himba are an indigenous people who have managed to preserve their traditional way of life over many generations of drought and war.
Traditions extend to every aspect of life for the Himba, from family structure, to dress and hairstyle. The wealth of a Himba family is measured by how much cattle it has, and families live a semi-nomadic life, following grazing and water sources for their livestock.
The Himba practice bilateral descent, where wealth is inherited from the mother’s line and status from the father’s. Each extended family forms a village, headed by an elder who tends the central sacred fire, where prayers are offered to the family’s ancestors.
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About the project
As a global leader in family history, we believe that every story counts. Across a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds, our lives and family traditions are shaped by the generations that came before us, and we all have much to learn from our ancestors.
People living in remote locations with limited access to modern technology don't have the tools to digitize their rich family histories, and they are often left unrecorded.
Our vision is to help create an ever-expanding database of these invaluable stories. Our teams will visit tribal communities around the world in order to use the tools we have developed to help preserve their family histories for future generations.
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to help preserve the family histories of tribal peoples,
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