Himba mothers of Namibia

“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.


About Katharina

Katharina is a prehistoric archaeologist working at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her main research interests include the archaeology of the human body, gender, identity and personhood as expressed through funerary practices and art. She specialises in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Europe. As a mother of two young boys, she gathered some practical experience in addition to her theoretical interest in motherhood.
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4 Responses to Himba mothers of Namibia

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Reblogged this on aliisaacstoryteller and commented:
    Fascinating article about a matriarchal community in Namibia with the most wonderful images…


  2. Ali Isaac says:

    Thank you for bringing my attention to these lovely people and the peaceful lives they lead. ☺


  3. Have you also read The Continuum Concept, by Jean Liedloff, from the 1970s? If not, GET it. You’ll love it!

    Thanks for posting and now following you!

    Best to you, Katharina!

    Sally Ember, Ed.D.


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